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

Find out if you need to apply for a protected species licence

Bats in my home

Find out what to do if you are concerned about bats at your property

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:

Contact us

You can contact us for help at any time before or during your licence application.

Explore more

Last updated