At this time of year, the Ecology Partnership is supervising numerous demolitions under a Natural England Low Impact Bat Licence as Principal Ecologist and Managing Director Alexia Tamblyn is now a Registered Consultant.
Low impact licences are suitable for small scale developments where the conservation importance of the roost is low, for example a house where a day roost for two common pipistrelles has been found. This licence was introduced by Natural England in order to reduce the volume of licence applications and associated costs, which means obtaining this licence is much quicker and cheaper for the client than a European Protected Species Mitigation Licence.
The roost types covered by the licence include day roosts, night roosts, feeding roosts and transitional roosts but not hibernation or maternity roosts. Only common species are covered by this licence, namely common pipistrelle; soprano pipistrelle; brown long-eared; Brandt’s; Daubenton’s; Natterer’s and whiskered bats.
In order to determine whether a Low Impact Bat Class Licence would be appropriate for a site, it is necessary to conduct an adequate amount of survey work at a suitable time of year (April – October) following Bat Conservation Trust guidelines. Only then can an accurate assessment of bat activity and roost type be made. The Registered Consultant will also draw upon their years of experience and expertise to make appropriate recommendations.
For more information, please visit the Low Impact Bat Class Licence page or contact Alexia Tamblyn on 01372 824 205.
For further information on bat surveys please click here.