Nesting Birds Or Bats On Your Roof: What Should You do?
Although it can be a slight inconvenience when bats or birds nest on your roof it is important to handle the situation with care and respect the animals. This blog aims to demonstrate how you can deal with nesting with compassion.
Knowing The Law
If you want to perform masonry repairs, window replacements, or roof additions, take into account whether the work may disturb bats and nesting birds, both of which are protected by law. It is technically illegal to purposely destroy or damage any wild bird’s active nest, as well as to interfere with and restrict access to bat roosts. You can learn more about the laws surrounding nest or roast removals on the RSPB website
What To Do
Firstly you should check the point of entry if you have bird nests on your roof. Before considering plugging the hole, remember that the active nest is still legally protected until the chicks have fledged. Please keep these current access openings for them so they can continue to nest if you can.
If a bird builds its nest on or between your roofing tiles, it is one of the easiest ways for it to harm your roof. Weak tiles are readily broken, moved, or damaged by birds as they construct their nests. The possibility of water seeping through your roof might cause a leak as the birds move or damage your roofing tiles. We suggest contacting roof repairs in Oxford if you think a leak is the result of a missing tile.
Bats In Your Roof
All 18 species of bats are protected in England and Wales due to habitat loss, roost disruption, and hunting. The European Union has designated bats as a protected species and as an endangered species. As a result, various laws pertaining to bats have been passed.
It is imperative to acquire assistance from a qualified bat remover with a permit from Natural England before removing bats from a structure. Contact the Bat Conservation Trust to learn more about the services that are offered.
Since they are not rodents, bats won’t eat anything in your roof’s attic, including insulation, wood, wiring, or stored objects. They have a diet of bugs. Therefore, they will keep your home free of defects in addition to not destroying it. If however you’re concerned about any structural damage to your roof contact a roofing repairs company.
At James Dunn Roofing we understand that nesting birds and roosting bats are important to our animal diversity in England, however unfortunately they can sometimes cause damage to your roof. We offer roofing repairs in and around Oxford. Please contact us for more information.