It may have taken 30 years - but Bats have finally got their own back on Ozzy Osbourne.

Three decades ago, the Black Sabbath singer infamously bit the head off a bat on stage and later wrote about the experience in his autobiography I Am Ozzy.

But now the veteran rocker’s plans to convert a barn on his Buckinghamshire estate have been quashed after the council found evidence of bats on the site.

Osbourne wanted to convert a barn into a two-bedroom house, but has been refused permission by Chiltern District Council due to ‘considerable evidence’ of bats and owls found on the grounds.

The estate reportedly contained droppings and feeding remains of common and soprano pipistrelles and ‘possibly brown long-eared’ bats. The council said that measures needed to be implemented to protect the creatures.

Under British law, bats and their roosts are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010.