Council seeks to protect habitats of rare bats in North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 September 2017

North Somerset Council wishes to protect bats.

North Somerset Council wishes to protect bats.

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Bats’ habitats could be given greater protection from development under new guidelines.

North Somerset Council has produced a guide for protecting rare bats, including greater and lesser horseshoe varieties.

It is hoped the document will stop crucial habitats in the countryside for bats being lost.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, the executive member for strategic planning, said: “It’s important that these rare bats are protected, as well as the feeding and foraging areas.

“It (the guide) will carry more weight in terms of development management when it comes to planning applications which may affect conservation.

“Where we can, we want to protect the bats and where they might be at risk.”

North Somerset’s executive committee voted to put the document out for public consultation and subject to those results it would then be adopted.

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