28th July 2015

Recently our attention has been drawn to a number of incidents reported through BCTs Helpline of building maintenance work potentially conflicting with the legislation protecting bats and their roosts. This is all the more worrying because the lack of understanding often expressed by the contactors and company contacts providing the works.

BCT's new Built Environment Officer Jo Ferguson is looking to collate information on incidents (within the last 18 months) where bats were encountered during specific building improvement / maintenance works. We would like your help with this - please email jferguson@bats.org.uk

Please would you let her know if you have come across problems involving the following activities:

  • Cavity wall installation
  • Loft insulation
  • Fitting external insulation / cladding
  • Solar panel fitting

If so, please would you detail which one and in a couple of sentences summarise the issue e.g. 'Despite discussions beforehand with the cavity wall installation company regarding installation where there is a known roost (and Natural England advice being provided to them), the installer attending site had no knowledge of the bat roost or that bats and their roosts were protected.'

Thank you.

Further information:

Buildings, planning and development: http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/construction_industry.html

Construction industry:http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/construction_industry.html