Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thou Shalt Not Kill [A Bat]!

Well, in the UK and some other countries, Bats are protected by law. You'd be committing a CRIMINAL offence if you;
1. Deliberately capture, injure or kill a bat
2. Intentionally or recklessly disturb a bat in its roost or deliberately disturb a group of bats
3. Damage or destroy a bat roosting place (even if bats are not occupying the roost at the time)
4. Possess or advertise/sell/exchange a bat (dead or alive) or any part of a bat
5. Intentionally or recklessly obstruct access to a bat roost

The relevant applicable legislations include;
1.  Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) (as amended);
2.  the Countryside and Rights of Way Act, 2000;
3.  the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act (NERC, 2006);
4.  Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations (2010).

In Scotland, the key legislation that applies is the Conservation (Natural Habitats &c.) Regulations 1994 (as amended).

In Northern Ireland bats are listed under Schedule 2 of the Conservation (Natural Habitats etc) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995 and in the Republic of Ireland, under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife Act 1976 and Schedule 1 of the European Communities (Natural Habitats) Regulations 1997.

This is Britain.

Please note that information above was taken from the Bats Conservation Trust

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