In England, all bat species are protected under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). This means that bats are protected from intentional or reckless disturbance, intentional or reckless obstruction of access (to any place of shelter or protection), and/or the selling, offering or exposing for sale, possession, or transporting for purpose of sale. Furthermore, all species of bat are fully protected under The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010. It is illegal to injure, kill, capture or disturb bats, and to damage, destroy or obstruct trees, buildings or other places used for roosting – even if bats are not present. To prevent this from occurring, commissioning a bat survey, by a licensed bat surveyor like The Ecology Partnership, is a legal, valuable way to assess any ecological concerns that may arise.
Bats can use different structures for various types of roosting, such as maternity roosts and hibernation roosts, as well as summer, occasional and feeding perches.
The Ecology Partnership undertakes the following bat surveys:
- Day-time bat surveys, including an initial habitat assessment (potential of the site to support roosting, commuting and foraging bats), and an inspection of all potential bat roosting structures.
- Dusk surveys assess the species and number of bats leaving potential roosting sites.
- Dawn surveys assess the species and number of bats swarming or returning to potential roosting structures.
- Activity surveys/Transect surveys evaluate the commuting and foraging activities of bats.
- An Underground site survey and Tree survey are used to assess bat roosting potential in both areas.
(Visit our Survey Calendar for suitable times for your survey to be conducted.)
Bat Mitigation Strategy
If bats are found, an ecological mitigation strategy may well be required, depending on the nature and extent of proposed works. If works require a licence from Natural England (for example loft conversions, demolition of roosts etc.) then The Ecology Partnership can write and apply for a licence on the client’s behalf. We have licensed bat surveyors, who are experienced with numerous licensed sites and Natural England requirements.
Low Impact Bat Class Licence
The Ecology Partnership holds a Natural England Low Impact Bat class licence. Visit our Low impact bat class licence by clicking here.
To discuss a bat survey or the production of a bat mitigation strategy, please email us or call us on 01372 824 205 or use our enquiry form below.
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