Do You Have Bats In Your Belfry?

It’s bad enough luck to have to sort out wet rot at your London home, a job that can be quite a big undertaking if the problem is a serious one, but it’s even worse luck if you find you have bats roosting near the affected area.

Bats and their roosts are protected across England, Scotland and Wales by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which means that it’s illegal for you to damage or destroy a place of shelter, whether it’s a resting or breeding place - even if there are no bats present. It’s also illegal to obstruct access to roosts.

When it comes to doing work on your home, you need to take into account the consideration of this protected species if you do indeed have evidence of bats on your property.

Because bats have lost their natural habitats, they’ve adapted to live in houses and some species now rely entirely on buildings for shelter. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to tell if you have bats roosting on site. Keep a look out for droppings (which look a lot like rodent droppings) that are dry and crumble to dust when touched.

During July and August, you might well hear a chattering sound - the noise that bats make at dusk before they head out to find a spot of supper. They’re especially vocal as the sun comes up during the summer months, so pay close attention in the morning if you’re up early enough.

Bats are active between May and September, so you might be wise to carry out an emergence survey during this period if you do have to do work at home and think there may be bats present.

Dampcure-Woodcure/30 Ltd always seek the guidance from the Bat Conservatory before attempting any treatment if evidence of Bats are found during the survey and inspection stage.



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