Bats in Traditional Buildings
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        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        1 Jan 2009

        Main Summary

          This book has been published by the English Heritage, National Trust, and Natural England and is intended to provide guidance on the practicalities of carrying out building work when bats or their roosts are present. The holes, crevices and neglected spaces of traditional buildings offer an attractive shelter to bats, which are themselves 'traditionalists', returning to the same roosts all their lives. Building professionals and owners or managers of traditional buildings are very likely to encounter bats, which enjoy a high level of protection in law. This manual provides advice on:
          the statutory legislation which protects buildings and bats
          the characteristic habits of bats
          the building works that typically affect bats and their roosts
          the techniques of managing such work and avoiding infringements
          who to turn to for advice and sources of further information
          The manual takes in all stages including a summary of the legislation which currently applies to bats, their roosts, and listed buildings and scheduled monuments. It covers planning the work, bat indications and surveys, building work and sharing space with bats.

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            Bats in traditional buildings - a summary
            Section A - Legal considerations: Buildings, bats and the law
            Traditional buildings and the law
            Bats and the law
            Licences and advise for work at bat roosts
            Section B- Why bats use buildings
            Bat facts
            Choosing a roost site
            Finding bats and their roots
            Section C - Planning and preliminary work
            Project planning
            Managing bat contractors
            Section D - Maintenance, repairs and alterations
            General good practice
            Timber treatments
            Special conditions for key areas
            Section E - Managing properties for bats and people
            Living with bats
            Facilities and services
            Managing visitors around bats
            Contact and further information