The great thing in this area is to keep your eyes open. Some years ago i saw a peregrine fly past before it was known they were here, i spoke to a twitcher friend , who explained.
A couple of years ago I was on the north bank lazily looking up at the Tate chimney for said peregrines and a bird flapped by i had seen in Scotland, Brazil and Africa, An osprey. Same twitcher says yes they do that. Come across the Channel. rest near Canterbury, then fly on to wherever.
You never know. But never seen bats. will look out.
Nice to know they're around. As a kid growing up in the country I used to sit in my bedroom window and watch them twisting and diving around the lamppost that was outside my window late into the night.
I have spent holidays at grandpa's plantation in the far east when I was very little. When the bats flew into the house accidentally, we were told by the elders to switch off the lights so that they could see their way out.
Before we knew this, we got a bat killed when we were really young. It was hanging upside down on my sisters' bedroom. Everyone was screaming and my eldest brother decided to scare the bat away by shooting it down with a rubber band. The poor bat fell onto concrete floor, broke its neck we think and died on the spot. Everyone was really upset that night especially my brother. So, just switch off the lights for a short while and hopefully they will leave if they ever end up in your flat.
We have loads of bats around the south of Waterloo rd, I was looking out the window last night and they were whizzing past me, getting quite close to me, a few feet. I figured they picked up my cool vibe.