£500 fine for bat destruction

A man has been fined �500 over the destruction of a bat roost

A man has been fined �500 over the destruction of a bat roost

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A warning has gone out to property developers after a court fined a man for illegally destroying a bat roost.

David Dalton destroyed the roost in a building he was developing on Rivington Lane, Chorley.

He was fined £500 and ordered to pay £140 costs when he appeared before Chorley Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to the offence.

Wildlife crime officer for Lancashire Constabulary Mark Thomas said: “People can’t just start carrying out building renovation work and think they don’t have to have the correct surveys and licences to cover the work they intend to do.

“It is the responsibility of property owners and developers to ensure all building work has had appropriate ecological surveys undertaken.”

Pete Charleston, investigations officer for the Bat Conservation Trust, said: “The Bat Conservation Work has provided support to Lancashire Constabulary during this

investigation.

“And we are very grateful both to the police and the Crown Prosecution Service for their efforts in bringing this case to court.”

Following a survey at the property, Dalton, 33, of Chorley New Road, Lostock, Bolton, discovered one of the buildings contained a roost of brown long eared bats.

Instead of applying for a licence so the building could be developed in a way to protect the bats, he demolished it, destroying the roost.

He was charged under Regulation 41(1)(d) of the Conservation Habitats and Species Regulations 2010.