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A licence may be required. Bats are a European Protected Species (EPS) and, as such, it is an offence for anyone to injure or handle a bat, disturb a roosting bat or damage a resting place of a bat without a licence. You should contact the bat advice service for details and to find out the best time of year to carry out this kind of work and which chemicals are safe for bats:

Bat Conservation Trust Advice Line: 0845 1300 228

Licences and further guidance can be obtained from the following authorities:

Natural England
Tel: 0845 6014523
email: wildlife@naturalengland.org.uk

Welsh Government
Tel: 0300 062 2253
email: natureconservation@wales.gsi.gov.uk

For more information and an application form for a licence, please see the related websites.

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