Bats foil Ozzy Osbourne's home conversion plans

The winged mammals finally get revenge on the singer for 1982 head-biting incident

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Ozzy Osbourne's plans to convert part of his Buckinghamshire estate have been blocked because there's a colony of bats living there, according to reports.

Osbourne, who claims to have bitten a bat's head off on stage, wanted to convert a barn on his land into a two-bedroom home, but the council refused the application after "considerable evidence" of bats and owls were found there, reports the BBC.

A council spokeswoman said: "Mr Osbourne cannot convert his listed building until satisfactory surveys and related mitigation, allowing the bats and owls to remain living on the site, is submitted. We must be satisfied measures have been put in place to protect the animals before planning permission can be considered."

Bats and their roosts are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010. Interim surveys at Stone Dean Farm near Chalfont St Giles found droppings and feeding remains of what were "possibly brown long-eared" bats and the roosts of common and soprano pipistrelles, according to Chiltern District Council. Two further surveys will be carried out.

According to rock mythology, Ozzy bit the head off a live bat at a concert in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 20, 1982. Fan Mark Neal, who threw the creature, said the bat was dead, but Osbourne himself claimed it was live and bit him, causing him to require treatment for rabies. In 1981, Osbourne was alleged to have bitten the head off a live dove while celebrating signing his solo record deal with CBS Records.

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