If there is any chance of bats using the roofspace, be aware that the Wildlife and
Countryside Act 1981 (WCA) protects bats and their roosts in England, Scotland and Wales. As bats generally return
to the same roosts every year, the roosts are protected whether bats are present or not.
Thus it is illegal to kill, injure or take a wild bat, or intentionally or recklessly damage, destroy or
obstruct access to a bat roost. Having bats in the roof does not necessarily mean building work, repairs or timber
treatment are prohibited but free advice should be obtained from the local Statutory Nature Conservation
Organisation before proceeding. The Bat Conservation Trust have plenty of helpful information on their website: