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Construction work has finally got underway to restore the iconic Old Station Master's House, situated on the waterfront in Fowey. The building is one of historical importance in Fowey, and has recently fallen into disrepair.

Old Station Master's House

Planning permission had previously been granted in 2013 for the old house to be redeveloped, as well as the demolition of outbuildings and the construction of a new block which will house ten new homes and four commercial units.

Developer Acorn bought the site in February, and has been undertaking visits to the site. However, before demolition was allowed to start, the buildings current tenants had to find a new home. Although they are not the tenants you might have thought!

A group of rare and protected lesser horseshoe bats had taken up residence in the old house, and had to have a purpose made bat house constructed for them. This bat house is now fully constructed, meaning work will be able to start as soon as the site is cleared.

Lesser Horseshoe Bat

Fowey is lucky to offer an amazing habitat for both wildlife and humans a like, and the lesser horseshoe bat is no exception. They are now the lucky beneficiary of a new home, and will continue to use the Fowey area to roost and feed.

It is expected that a maternity colony of over 100 lesser horseshoe bats will move into the new bat house, along with five long eared bats. Local ecologists are now going to ensure that the bats have everything they need in the Fowey area to continue to thrive.

 

Photo courtesy of Lylambda, under Creative Commons

Old Station Master's House photo courtesy of Atelier3

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