He’s the hard-partying rocker who famously bit the head off a bat. But now Ozzy Osbourne has been well and truly bitten back by the winged critters – after they foiled his plans for a barn conversion.
The Black Sabbath singer wanted to turn the building on his Buckinghamshire estate into a two-bedroom home, but the council have refused after “considerable evidence” of bats were found there.
All species of bat are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010. So it seems the creatures of the night have finally had their revenge.
In his memoirs I Am Ozzy he recalled the experience of decapitating a bat by biting it:
“My mouth was instantly full of this warm, gloopy liquid, with the worst aftertaste you could ever imagine,” he wrote.
A teenage fan threw the bat on stage at a show in 1982 and Osbourne, claiming that he thought it was a rubber toy, bit the head off. In his book he described the incident as “very wrong”.
A council spokeswoman said:
“Mr Osbourne cannot convert his listed building until satisfactory surveys and related mitigation, allowing the bats to remain living on the site, is submitted.”
More surveys will be carried out on the property this summer.