All species of bat and their breeding sites or resting places are protected. It is an offence for anyone to intentionally kill, injure or handle a bat, disturb a roosting bat, sell or offer a bat for sale without a licence. It is also an offence to damage, destroy or obstruct access to any place used by bats for shelter, whether they are present or not.

All enquiries regarding bats should be made to the Bat Conservation Trust. You can phone the Bat Conservation Trust on 0345 1300 228.


All native species of snakes are protected by law. It is an offence to kill or injure any snake. For further advice, contact Natural England.


Badgers are a protected species. Badger advice can be obtained from DEFRA or the Somerset Badger Group where you can also report badger activity. You can phone the Somerset Badger Group on 07850 604585.

Last reviewed: August 8, 2023 by Mark

Next review due: February 8, 2024

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