You must apply for a licence from Natural Resources Wales if you’re doing any work that affects a protected species in Wales. This includes:
- disturbing, trapping or handling protected species
- damaging their habitats, for example by restoring a pond or building a housing development
All bat species are protected by law, including their breeding sites and resting places.
Bats and the law
It is against the law to:
- deliberately capture, injure, or kill bats
- damage or destroy a breeding or resting place
- obstruct access to their resting or sheltering places
- possess, transport, sell or exchange live or dead bats, or parts of them
- intentionally or recklessly disturb a bat while it’s in a structure, or place of shelter, or protection
You may be able to get a licence from us for certain specific purposes if the work you want to do is likely to commit an offence.
When you don’t need a bat licence
You don’t need a licence to:
- tend a disabled bat
- kill a seriously injured bat
- remove a trapped bat from the living area of a house
Bats in my home
Apply for a bat licence
If you cannot avoid disturbing bats or damaging their roosts, you can apply for a species licence.
You can apply for a licence for a range of different activities, the most common of which include:
- development, infrastructure or maintenance work
- survey or conservation work
- woodland management work
- possess, transport, sell or exchange live or dead species
You can contact us for help at any time before or during your licence application.