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Bats love old buildings. At Stackpole we have former stables, old garden buildings with crumbling walls, and warm cellars. We've got an old brewery, a game larder, and even an ice house. All of these offer countless places for bats to live. Bats need places to breed, roost, nurse their young and spend the winter.
We also monitor our bats closely, especially the Greater Horseshoes because they're so rare. We count the bats in the colony, and the number of young. The bats count themselves in and out at night by tripping an electronic beam, which is logged on a computer. Individual bats have had electronic tags attached, and we've been able to track them across the countryside.