Tree Advice: Dealing With Potential Bat Roosts

Tree advice can often be hard to find due to it being such a specialised and specific area of work that often involves a lot of observation and hands-on experience with trees. This is particularly true of when you suspect there may be bat roosts in a tree or a group of trees.

This is a difficult subject. While many wildlife lovers are thrilled to find out about creatures inhabiting a tree on their property or land, some may find the presence of bats to be inhibiting to their plans. This is because under UK law, bats and their roosts are protected (as enshrined in the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Conservation of Habitats & Species Regulations 2010). When it comes to developmental work, this puts individuals or businesses in a delicate position. The landowners or developers of owned land have a responsibility to ensure that protected species are considered before taking action that could disturb the animals. So, establishing the presence of a bat roost in a tree or trees within an area for development or building work is incredibly important. However, such issues can be evaluated by a tree consultant before planning permission is even submitted to the relevant authorities. A consultant can perform a tree survey to not only understand tree health and conditions within an area, but also to check for any bat roosts. An arborist is qualified to climb a tree to perform such assessments to establish the presence of bats or other protected species.

It's important to obtain tree advice from a consultant arborist prior to any planning permission and it demonstrates a strong sense of responsibility to the relevant planning authorities. Braemar Arboriculture Limited can help you with this matter. We have been providing tree reports, surveys and assessments for over 26 years collectively. To secure our services, visit, or email