Bats and their roosts are protected by law.

This means if work needs to be done to any building that is known to contain a bat roost, or that may contain a bat roost, the relevant statutory nature conservation organisation (SNCO) must be contacted in advance for advice.

If bats are discovered during work, it is recommended that you take the necessary precautions by seeking advice on how to do works lawfully;

  • For bats found during works in England, please call the National Bat Helpline on 0345 1300 228
  • For bats found during works elsewhere, contact your SNCO for further advice.

If you have bats in need of rescue

Call the National Bat Helpline for help. Always wear gloves to handle bats.