All species of British bat are fully protected under UK and European legislation. Our licensed ecologists undertake initial daytime assessments of buildings and trees to assess their potential to support roosting bats, then follow this up with pragmatic yet robust advice in order to fully investigate the situation. Further surveys may be required to understand how a site is used by bats. All surveys follow industry standard best practice guidelines (Bat Conservation Trust 2012) and are completed at the appropriate time of year.
Surveys for bats can include:
- Exterior & Interior Building Inspection
- Ground Level Tree Assessment
- Emergence/Re-entry Roost surveys
- Aerial Tree Inspections
- GPS Transect Activity Surveys
- Static Monitoring (ground level or at height)
- Hibernation survey
- Driven/boat transect survey
- Radio-tagging & radio-tracking
- Capture using hand net, harp trap or mist net
- Thermal Imaging Surveys
Our use of the latest advances in survey equipment allows us to identify bat species both in the field and during post survey data analysis. We use GPS enabled bat detectors for transect surveys which allows us to successfully map bats during walked activity surveys on GoogleEarth Pro and GIS software.
Our Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage and Natural Resources Wales licensed bat ecologists have extensive experience in completing European Protected Species Mitigation Licence (EPSM) applications for a range of development types and scales involving a range of bat species throughout the UK.
When necessary our ecologists are on site delivering tool box talks and supervising tree felling, demolition and/or building works under licence.
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