In the British Isles Bats and their roosts benefit from having legal protection. Bats are often found on potential development sites and in many cases need to be considered in planning. We are able to help our clients remain within the law through robust survey and well managed mitigation work.
Our specialist staff are licensed and are able to help you through the mitigation process. It is recommended that surveys are undertaken during the early stages of the project so that delays are minimised.
Services we offer:
Initial Bat Surveys or Preliminary Ecological Appraisal for Bats
These are surveys of built structures or trees on a development site. The aim is to investigate the site for evidence of bats and the site’s potential to support bat roosts. These surveys can be undertaken at any time of year.
Nocturnal Bat Surveys
These surveys involve dusk and dawn work using equipment including ultrasonic bat detection devices and are undertaken between April and September.
Mitigation and Licencing
Where roosts would be affected by a development, we design a mitigation scheme to help our clients get their planning permission and apply for any licences which may be required.
Often a mitigation scheme can be designed with the help of DNA analysis of bat droppings found during an initial bat survey. This can be especially useful at times of year when nocturnal surveys are not possible.