Bats have followed Ozzy Osbourne around for decades. He infamously bit the head off of one in 1982 in Des Moines, and perhaps 32 years later, they appear to be having their revenge. According to BBC News, the singer is attempting to convert a barn on his estate in Buckinghamshire to a two-bedroom home. However, a council has said that there is “considerable evidence” of bats and owls living in the barn, and measures have to be taken place to protect them before he can move forward with the renovations.
In the UK, all bats and their roosts are protected under the WIldlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010. BBC found that “Chiltern District Council said interim surveys of the building at Stone Dean Ram near Chalcont St. Chiles had found droppings and feeling remains of what were ‘possibly brown long-ears’ bats and the roosts of common and soprano pipistrelles.” In short, the council told him that he wouldn’t be allowed to continue until two additional surveys are undertaken between May and August. A spokesperson for Ozzy stated that it’s a “private matter.”