Bats are native to the UK, currently 17 different Species. All species and their resting places are legally protected under both the Regulation 41 of The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 and Section 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is an offence for anyone intentionally to kill, injure or handle a bat, to possess a bat (whether live or dead), disturb a roosting bat, or 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.
Bats will use a variety of places to roost including, trees, caves and all manner of buildings and individual species have specialised to forage in a variety of most British habitats.