£600k fine for bat roost destruction sets record for wildlife crime

Housing developer Bellway Homes’ demolition of a building home to protected soprano pipistrelle bats has led to it being handed the largest fine ever imposed for a wildlife offence.

by Gareth Simkins
Bellway Homes unlawfully destroyed a roost of soprano pipistrelle bats. Photograph: Evgeniy Yakhontov / Wikimedia Commons
Bellway Homes unlawfully destroyed a roost of soprano pipistrelle bats. Photograph: Evgeniy Yakhontov / Wikimedia Commons

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