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Fine handed down for destruction of Pipistrelle site

Paul Floyd and Ronald Floyd were each fined £200 and ordered to pay £35 costs and an £85 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to illegally destroying a bat roost.

In February, the Floyds’ company, Havant Building Services, was  stripping roof tiles at a house in Rowlands Castle, when a worker discovered a bat.

The court heard the sighting was reported to the Floyds who initially stopped work. However, the work began again after an employee reported no more bats had been seen. The company did not seek an ecological advice. A bat worker visited the address during the police investigation but found no evidence of a roost.

The court accepted the defence’s argument that only a single bat had occupied the roost.

An officer from the Hampshire Country Watch team told the Daily Echo: "This case shows that the Country Watch team takes all reports of wildlife crime seriously and will take action against anyone found contravening wildlife regulations.

"The legislation is in place for a reason to safeguard protected species. It is crucial that property owners and businesses check the regulations before carrying out any work, ensuring they adhere to the law surrounding any protected species."

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