Farming the Historic Landscape

Can historic farm buildings be important for wildlife?

Yes, the possibility that there is a wildlife value to the building - as a home for owls, for example, or a bat roost - also needs to be considered.

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 protects bats and their roosts. It is illegal to intentionally or recklessly disturb bats or their roost, or obstruct access into a building they use. Advice from English Nature should be sought.

(G) Repair work provides local employment and keeps craft skills alive. Ecclerigg Barn in the Lake District under repair. Photograph: Andy Lowe Lake District National Park.

(H) Farm buildings should be regularly maintained to avoid dereliction and the need for expensive repairs. Particular attention should be paid to keeping roofs intact and preventing the growth of vegetation. Photograph: Hampshire County Council.

(I) Building character can often depend on details, such as the chequer-board pattern of the tiled roof of this Dorset barn. Any works to the roof should respect and retain this pattern. Photograph Bob Edwards.

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