What the law states when dealing with bats in a property<h/1>

Which legislation is relevant for bats and roosts?

  • England and Wales, the legislation is the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) (as amended); the Countryside and Rights of Way Act, 2000; the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act (NERC, 2006); and by the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations (2010)
  • Scotland, the legislation that applies is the Conservation (Natural Habitats &c.) Regulations 1994 (as amended)
  • Northern Ireland bats are listed under Schedule 2 of the Conservation (Natural Habitats etc) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995 and in the Republic of Ireland, under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife Act 1976 and Schedule 1 of the European Communities (Natural Habitats) Regulations 1997

Who should take note of the legislation?

  • Architects, property developers, demolition companies, builders and roofers
  • Property owners/householders who have a bat roost in their property
  • Woodland owners, arboriculturalists and foresters; information about woodlands and bats
  • Pest controllers. Information about bats in buildings
  • Planning officers & building surveyors

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