Laws relating to the protection of Bats.

All bat species and their roosts are legally protected in Britain under both national and international law. It is a criminal offence to: intentionally catch, harm, or kill a bat, intentionally or carelessly disturb a colony of bats while they are sleeping; destroy, damage or otherwise obstruct a known bat roosting area; have a bat (or any part of a bat, whether dead or alive) in your possession.

If any work is required to be carried out on a building which is a known, or suspected, roost, it is imperative that advice is sought from the relevant SNCO (statutory nature conservation organisation). Any ongoing work must be halted if a roost or colony is discovered until guidance has been given by the SNCO.

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