Q706: Do churches require licences to undertake activities that would affect bats within the structure of the building?
Yes. Bats are a European Protected Species (EPS) and, as such, it is an offence to deliberately capture or kill bats, to deliberately disturb a bat or to damage or destroy a breeding site or resting site of any bat.
If it is necessary for such activities to be undertaken, the appropriate licence should be obtained through the following authorities:
Tel: 0845 6014523
Tel: 0300 062 2253
For more information and to download a licence application form, please see the related websites. A 'Management Guide' in relation to bats in churches is also available via the link provided.