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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:

Natural England
Tel: 0845 6014523
email: wildlife@naturalengland.org.uk

Welsh Government
Tel: 0300 062 2253
email: natureconservation@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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.

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