What is tree climbing?
Tree climbing for bats, also known as aerial inspections, provides an effective method of inspecting potential roost features up close. Features are accessed using ropes and specialist climbing equipment, to allow licensed surveyors to complete a more robust assessment than would be possible from the ground.
Why would I need a tree climbing survey and what are the advantages?
Inspections or surveys from the ground may be hindered by leaf cover or ivy growth (often coinciding with the height of bat activity), which results in difficulty in identifying exactly where bats could emerge from or return to. Furthermore, features that appear suitable from the ground (identified using binoculars and/or torches) may turn out to be unsuitable upon closer inspection, for example, rot holes may be shallow or, due to their angle, collect rainwater.
By climbing and inspecting trees, we can reduce or remove the limitations of traditional methods. This could be done through reducing the scope of, or even eliminating the requirement for ground-based vantage point surveys, which in many cases can save clients both time and money. Furthermore, by being able to undertake surveys all year round, delays to projects can be reduced.
As an additional service, we can collect bat droppings for DNA analysis to confirm species.
How can EcoNorth help me?
At EcoNorth, we have bat licenced ecologists who hold CS38 Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue Level 2 certifications, who can undertake tree climbing surveys throughout Great Britain, tailored to your specific requirements.