Bat Survey, Lincolnshire

What is a Bat Survey?

Bat surveys may be required for some developments to assist with planning applications. Typically, the local planning authority will let you know whether or not a bat survey is required. The requirement for a bat survey may also be found during a preliminary ecological appraisal.

 A survey will help determine whether there are bats located in a structure or tree within close proximity to the site.

Bat surveys detect the presence or likely absence of bats within the development area so that the planning and development process can go ahead. If the survey finds that there are bats on, or within close proximity to a site, compensation and bat mitigation measures must be undertaken before any development work is permitted to proceed.

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Bat Activity


Bat activity in Lincolnshire is at its peak during the summer months. Therefore, this is the best time of year to carry out survey work to determine the presence of roosting bats.

The many species of bats that are likely to be found in Lincolnshire are Common pipistrelle bats, Noctule bats, Soprano pipistrelle bats, Whiskered bats, Daubentons’ bats, Nathusius’ pipistrelle bats and Brandt’s bats.

Bat Survey Lincolnshire: Types of Bat Survey

There are two types of bat activity surveys. The first is a preliminary roost assessment which involves an Ecology Consultant carrying out a site visit. They will carry out both an internal and external inspection of the building looking for evidence of bats roosting, including insect feeding remains as well as bat droppings.

The second type are nocturnal bat emergence surveys which involves surveyors using bat detectors to record and analyse bat calls. These surveyors will operate either when bats are leaving their roosts to forage (dusk emergence surveys) or when the bats return to their roosts (dawn re-entry surveys).

How Can Collington Winter Assist?

At Collington Winter Environmental, we are an experienced team of ecological consultants with extensive knowledge in undertaking bat and hibernating bat surveys using good practice guidelines. Our Ecology Director, Olivia Collington is a Natural England licenced bat surveyor, and has worked with protected species throughout the UK.

Please get in touch with our Ecology Director Olivia Collington via email ( for information on protected species surveys, such as bats, great crested newts, and ecology surveys. We also provide ecological appraisal and assessment services.

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