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Natterers Bat (copyright Tom Marshall)In Britain as well as Europe bats are in decline. It is believed that 17 species of bat are left in the UK. As a result of the threat to bats, they, their breeding sites and resting places are all specially protected by the The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

  • Anyone convicted of offences against bats could be fined £5000 or imprisoned for up to six months.
  • Publishing or causing items to be published indicating the purchase or sale of bats is also an offence.
  • Making a false statement in order to obtain a licence to work with bats is an offence.

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