Any structure or place which a bat uses for breeding or shelter is protected from damage or destruction by law even if it is unoccupied. Planning authorities are legally obliged to consider whether bats are likely to be affected by a proposed development.
a bat survey may be required to determine the potential or presence of bats on site.
a bat survey may indicate that development is likely to affect bat foraging and/or commuting habitat in which case mitigation must be put in place.
a bat survey may indicate that bats and/or a known roost are likely to be affected by the proposed development, in which case a Europeon Protected Species Licence will be required.
You could be sent to prison for up to 6 months and be fined £5,000 for each offence if you’re found guilty.
Mitigation licences may be granted by Natural England or Natural Resources Wales if you cant avoid disturbing them or damaging their habitat.
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Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight. The bat’s wing anatomically resembles the human hand with elongated fingers and a membrane stretching across them forming the wing. There are around 1,000 bat species worldwide, 18 of which are found in Britain. Bats make up a quarter of all mammal species on earth!
All bats in the UK are a European protected species.
You are committing an offence if you:
Disturb, capture or kill bats
Destroy, disturb or block their places of rest or shelter