Keep it dark

Hudson Lighting at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Bats are nocturnal animals that have adapted to a life in darkness, partly to avoid predation during daylight hours from birds of prey such as peregrine falcons.

Artificial lighting near bat roosts or their access points constitutes an offence as it may cause bats to abandon the roost. Lighting should also be avoided in areas where bats eat or pathways used between these sites (learn more about how artificial light threatens bats here). This way dark skies and habitats can be protected for bats and appreciated by people.

If you would like to learn more about bats and lighting please look at our e-Learning resources.