Bats in Traditional Buildings

It is important to conserve traditional buildings, not only for their architectural or historical interest, but also because they provide vital roosts for most of the seventeen protected species of bat found in England.

Bats are often found in traditional buildings because they provide a large number of potential roosting places, and their design offers many entry points.

This guidance contains advice and techniques to help you if you are involved in building maintenance, adaptation or repairs, or are the owner or manager of a traditional building.

It will show you how the protection of bats, their roosts and traditional buildings can be mutually beneficial and how your building works can be sympathetic to both buildings and bats. It stresses the importance of planning bats into any building operation, including its use, and shows when, why and how they should be incorporated into the project management process.

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  • Foreword
  • Summary
  • Legal considerations: Buildings, bats and the law
  • Why bats use buildings
  • Planning and preliminary work
  • Maintenance, repairs and alterations
  • Managing properties for bats and people
  • Contacts and further information
  • Bibliography

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Product Code: 51454


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