Volunteer Roost Visits and Free Advice

Occasionally work is required on a property that has the potential to disturb a bat roost; or sometimes issues arise as the result of bats and humans living in close proximity. With expert advice a solution can be found so that humans and bats can co-exist harmoniously.

Due to the goodwill and expertise of a large number of licensed volunteers in the UK there are many instances where this advice can be offered free of charge. This is offered in the form of phone or email advice, or a roost visit which can be organised through your Statutory Nature Conservation Organisation (SNCO).

The visit will result in a letter detailing how to carry out the work with least disturbance to the bats. This might mean that the work has to be carried out at a particular time of year (bats are usually only seasonal visitors to roofs) or that particular materials must be used.

In England, these visits are organised by Bat Conservation Trust on behalf of Natural England. Please contact the Bat Conservation Trust Helpline (0345 1300 228) for further details on organising a visit.

For more detailed information on the service provided during these visits please refer to our Guide to the Natural England Roost Visiting Service

Are you eligible for a free roost visit?

  • Building types covered: dwellings and churches.
  • Any building works that do not require planning permission.

Please note there may be exceptions to the above due to the fact that this is a volunteer service, for example extensions and loft conversions.

In Wales, this advice service is provided by your local office of Natural Resources Wales. Please contact your nearest office or ring Enquiries on 0300 065 3000, or email enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Species staff will be able to tell you if an advisory visit is needed, whether Natural Resources Wales can provide this service free of charge or whether you need to employ an ecologist.

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