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Bat Information and the Law

All Bats species  and their habitat are protected against damage and disturbance by The Bonn Convention EC habitats directive Conservation (habitats & c) Regulations 1994 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act as amended 1981.

It is an offence to:

  • Deliberately or recklessly capture, injure or kill a bat
  •  Intentionally or recklessly disturb a bat at a roost
  •  Intentionally or recklessly obstruct access to a roost
  •  Deliberately or recklessly disturb in a way that would significantly affect their local distribution or abundance, or affect their ability to survive, breed or rear young
  • Damage or destroy a bat roost (this is an ‘absolute’ offence)
  • Possess, control, transport, sell, exchange or offer for sale/exchange any live or dead bat or any part of a bat

Penalties for breaking the law can include large fines, imprisonment, and seizure of equipment. Both the company and the individuals can be held liable.


If a development is to affect structures or habitat (eg. mature trees) that could potentially be used as bat roosts  a survey must be undertaken by a suitably experienced ecologist. The surveyor may require a bat license dependant on the survey methods involved.

  • Initial walkover surveys and inspection of potential buildings 
work in progress.....

Nick Weaver Ecology offers a full range of protected species surveys, licensing and mitigation. For more information please contact us.

Tel: 07886 803046

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