Bat Roost Tree Tag

Bat Roost Tree Tag

Brown long-eared bat on tree

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This bat roost tree tag has been fixed to the tree because it has been identified as a bat roost.

The bat roost tree tag scheme was set up to bring clarity about those trees already identified as bat roosts that are difficult to find again, therefore giving a significantly increased level of protection for bat roosts in trees. We know that the presence of a tag is well recognised by forestry/woodland workers and managers. When a woodland operative sees a tag and their actions may impact the tree, they will know they need to seek appropriate advice before proceeding with any work. This will give a significantly increased level of protection for bat roosts in trees.

Please note: All bats and their roosts are protected by domestic and international legislation. They are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations (2017 – as amended). Bats are listed under Annex IV of the EU Habitats Directive and are regarded as European Protected Species, which means they are afforded strict protection. This means you may be committing a criminal offence if you:

  1. Deliberately take , injure or kill a wild bat
  2. Intentionally or recklessly disturb a bat in its roost or deliberately disturb a group of bats.
  3. Damage or destroy a place used by bats for breeding or resting (roosts) (even if bats are not occupying the roost at the time)
  4. 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.
  5. Intentionally or recklessly obstruct access to a bat roost.

Confirmation of the tree roost was carried out by a surveyor with bat survey experience i.e. a professional or voluntary bat worker which requires a licence.