Roosts in buildings

Over the centuries, human development has encroached on woodland and other wild spaces, so bats have adapted to roost in buildings. All our British bat species will make use of buildings on occasion, but for some species, buildings are essential as roost sites. Bats can be found in a variety of buildings and structures such as houses, bridges, barns and churches.

Bats often roost in houses, both new and old. You may realise that you have bats roosting in your house during the summer months, when they are more active. If you think you have bats in your house, you have a special role to play in protecting bats! We have lots of advice and information about how to live happily alongside bats on our website. Because bats and their roosts are protected by law, you should consider bats prior to works by seeking advice.

Download our Living with Bats leaflet

Download our Bats and Buildings leaflet

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