Bats in Traditional Buildings

BookBats in Traditional Buildings

Bats in Traditional Buildings

Historic England


January 1st, 2009





This book has been published by the English Heritage, National Trust, and Natural England and is intended to provide guidance on the practicalities of carrying out building work when bats or their roosts are present. The holes, crevices and neglected spaces of traditional buildings offer an attractive shelter to bats, which are themselves 'traditionalists', returning to the same roosts all their lives. Building professionals and owners or managers of traditional buildings are very likely to encounter bats, which enjoy a high level of protection in law. This manual provides advice on:
the statutory legislation which protects buildings and bats
the characteristic habits of bats
the building works that typically affect bats and their roosts
the techniques of managing such work and avoiding infringements
who to turn to for advice and sources of further information
The manual takes in all stages including a summary of the legislation which currently applies to bats, their roosts, and listed buildings and scheduled monuments. It covers planning the work, bat indications and surveys, building work and sharing space with bats.

Author Information

Historic Adviser, New Zealand Historic Places Trust Bat consultant

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
Bats in traditional buildings - a summary
Section A - Legal considerations: Buildings, bats and the law
Traditional buildings and the law
Bats and the law
Licences and advise for work at bat roosts
Section B- Why bats use buildings
Bat facts
Choosing a roost site
Finding bats and their roots
Section C - Planning and preliminary work
Project planning
Managing bat contractors
Section D - Maintenance, repairs and alterations
General good practice
Timber treatments
Special conditions for key areas
Section E - Managing properties for bats and people
Living with bats
Facilities and services
Managing visitors around bats
Contact and further information