England’s twilight hours are not just for stars; they belong to a more elusive set of creatures—the enchanting bats. These nocturnal wonders play a crucial role in maintaining ecological balance, but did you know they are also a protected species? At West Country Surveyors, we’re here to shed light on how this impacts potential property buyers, ensuring a harmonious coexistence between homeowners and our winged friends.

Understanding Bat Conservation Laws

**1. ** Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981:

  • Bats in England are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, making it illegal to intentionally or recklessly disturb them, damage their roosts, or obstruct access to their roosts.

**2. ** Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017:

  • Additionally, the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 reinforces protection for bats and their roosts, emphasizing the importance of conservation efforts.

The Impact on Residential Property

For potential property buyers, understanding the presence of bats on or near a property is crucial. Here’s how West Country Surveyors can assist:

**1. ** Pre-Purchase Surveys:

  • Our expert surveyors can conduct pre-purchase surveys to assess the likelihood of bats roosting in or around the property. Identifying potential roosting sites early in the process allows for informed decision-making.

**2. ** Mitigation Advice:

  • In the event that bats are found or suspected, West Country Surveyors can provide advice on mitigation measures. This ensures compliance with conservation laws while still allowing for property development.

**3. ** Planning Permission Assistance:

  • We can help navigate the intricacies of bat conservation requirements with the assistance of Consultants and Specialist wildlife experts.

Advice for Property Buyers

**1. ** Early Awareness is Key:

  • Be proactive in understanding the local ecology. Early awareness of potential bat habitats near a property allows for better planning and smoother transactions.

**2. ** Consult with Experts:

  • Engage with West Country Surveyors for professional guidance. Our team has the expertise to assess, advise, and ensure your property journey aligns with bat conservation laws.

**3. ** Mitigation Doesn’t Mean Complication:

  • Mitigating for bats doesn’t have to be a stumbling block. With assistance, you can navigate the process seamlessly, ensuring both your dream home and the local bat population thrive.

Contact West Country Surveyors for Bat-Savvy pre-purchase Surveys

At West Country Surveyors, we’re not just about bricks and mortar; we’re about creating homes that coexist harmoniously with nature. Contact us for ‘bat-savvy surveys’ and expert advice on navigating the protected species landscape. Let’s build not just houses, but habitats that respect and celebrate the winged wonders of England’s night skies.

Contact us on 01823 429823 or office@westcountrysurveyors.co.uk