Category: Bats

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£20,000 Fine for Destroying a Bat Roost

In 2018, London builders, Knightspur Homes, were convicted of illegally destroying three bat roosts for financial gain, leading to a record fine under the ‘Proceeds of Crime’ act, of £20, 321. Knightspur were given just 7 days to pay the fine. Most fines are much lower. Ranging from as little as £200 through to around £5000, depending on the scope of damage to the bat colonies and the prior knowledge or warnings given to the individuals and companies involved. In the case of Knightspur and others who have had large fines imposed, they ignored notices and formal recommendations to get...