Bat Surveys Wales

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.