Bats in Empty Homes - EHN Practitioner Briefing

Background and Scope

Practitioners have encountered situations where bats have roosted in empty dwellings, potentially creating further obstacles – in the form of cost and delay - to bringing those homes back into use.

This Briefing is intended to give a very quick survey of the position with bats in empty dwellings with pointers to additional sources of information.

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Revision History

First online version June 2016, with updated links, contact details and information sources.

This supersedes the 2nd printed version published 2010.