All bats and their roosts are protected under:
- The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended)
- The Conservation and Habitat Regulations 2010
When do I need to get in touch?
Bats roost in a varity of structures throughout the UK. If work is planned on buildings (including modern builds), bridges, trees or other structures it is important to contact us as bats could be present. Planners will also advise that bat surveys should be undertaken to structures undergoing planning consent.
To prevent delays in your project it’s important to get in touch as early as possible as bat surveys are highly seasonal and any mitigation required can take some time to process.
How can EcoNorth help me?
We advise you on bat protection and your options. We undertake all types of bat surveys, licencing and mitigation. We apply best practice guidelines along with our in depth knowledge of each particular species, habitat requirements and present the results in our detailed professional reports to inform and support your projects planning application or other consenting process.
Bat survey types and when they can be undertaken are detailed below:
|Bat Risk Assessment
(Formally known as Preliminary Bat Roost Assessment)
|Initial survey, to determine bat potential and roosting signs on trees or buildings||Year Round|
|Activity Surveys||Dawn and dusk surveys to determine bat activity to inform on species and population counts||May – September|
|Transect Surveys||Surveys throughout bat foraging areas to determine areas important to bats||May – October|
|Hibernation Roost Inspection||Survey for hibernating bats||November – March|