In Britain all bat species and their roosts are legally protected, by both domestic and international legislation.
This means you may be committing a criminal offence if you:
- Deliberately take, injure or kill a wild bat
- Intentionally or recklessly disturb a bat in its roost or deliberately disturb a group of bats.
- Damage or destroy a place used by bats for breeding or resting (roosts) (even if bats are not occupying the roost at the time)
- Possess or advertise/sell/exchange a bat of a species found in the wild in the EU (dead or alive) or any part of a bat.
- Intentionally or recklessly obstruct access to a bat roost.
Please refer to the legislation for the precise wording - the above is a brief summary only
- Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) (as amended)
- Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations (2017) (as amended).
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