A site survey had earlier revealed that brown long-eared bats
, a European Protected Species, were roosting in the roof of the barn and Kountis needed a licence from conservation body Natural England to have the bats moved to safety.
It is specially designed for pipistrelle and brown long-eared bats
, the least rare speciesin most areas, and should be fixed to a tree or wall as high as possible up to 4.
Prince Charless plans to upgrade buildings at his Carmarthenshire farm were delayed last summer for an investigation into common pipistrelles and brown long-eared bats
, right, roosting in a barn
The brown long-eared bats
live inside the church and, as a protected species, any changes to the building would have to leave provision for the relocation of the mammals.
The 24-year-old, from Hexham in Northumberland, is in the final year of a conservation master's degree at University College London and has just started a research project on brown long-eared bats.
Quite a lot of research has already been done on the brown long-eared bat, because they are often found in people's attics, so we know quite a bit about them," said Sharon.
And although the cottage needs major renovation, the owners will be banned from doing any building work between April and October in case they disturb the brown long-eared bats
during their breeding season.
The application was delayed earlier this month for an investigation into common pipistrelles and brown long-eared bats
roosting in a barn.
In a statement, the council said there was evidence of common pipistrelles and brown long-eared bats
in one of the outbuildings.
Were it not for a protected colony of brown long-eared bats
, the caretaker's lodge of the former Lewis Boys' School in Blackwood would have been demolished months ago.