We have numerous licensed Bat surveyors with extensive experience of survey, mitigation, the licensing process and the assessment of effects on these species.
Legislation dictates that any structures or place which a bats use for shelter or protection are protected from damage or destruction whether occupied or not.
This legislation has been incorporated into planning policies. This means that planning authorities have a legal obligation to consider whether bats are likely to be affected by a proposed development.
Protection and Legislation
The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010; and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) fully protects all bat species in the UK.
It is an offence to;
- Deliberately capture, injure or kill a bat
- Disturb a bat in a place of shelter or rest
- Damage or destroy a bat roosting place (even if bats are not occupying the roost at the time)
- Obstruct access to a bat roost
- Possess or advertise/sell/exchange a bat (dead or alive) or any part of a bat
Operations which could affect bats may require a development licence from the appropriate statutory organisation prior to the start of works.