£18k fine for demolishing bat roost

Two property developers have been fined £18,000 for demolishing a bungalow which was being used as a roost for protected bats. The Court heard that experts reported there were Pipistrelle bats present however the demolition went ahead regardless. The Directors of Landrose Developments Ltd pleaded guilty to damaging or destroying the site and the Judge said "In my judgment, the act of demolition was clearly deliberate and flew in the face of advice and knowledge of the existence of the bat roost.

"The most obvious effect is local but it also has national implications because these bats are an endangered species by the very fact of being protected."

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