Bat Survey, Cardiff
What is a Bat Survey?
Bat activity surveys may be required for some developments to assist with planning applications during the planning process to find out whether the plans could impact bats in the area. Typically, the local planning authority will let you know whether or not a bat ecology survey is required. The need for different types of ecology surveys could be identified during a PEA survey.
Bat surveys detect when a bat is present within the development area so that the planning process can proceed. If the survey finds that there is evidence of bats in close proximity to a site, bat mitigation and compensation measures must be undertaken before any development work is permitted to proceed.
These measures are required as bats, and bat roosts within trees, are protected species under the Wildlife and countryside Act, and they are also a European protected species. Therefore, it is illegal to kill, harm or disturb bats in any way.
Collington Winter regularly undertake bat surveys for development projects based in South Wales, including Cardiff, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.
Types of Bat Survey, Cardiff
The first type 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, following the method statement, to look for evidence of roosting bats.
The second type are nocturnal bat emergence surveys which involve 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) to determine the number of bats.
How Can Collington Winter Assist?
Collington Winter Environmental is an ecological consultancy based in the North of England offering services to all locations in the UK, including Cardiff. We have extensive knowledge in undertaking hibernating bat habitat surveys using good practice guidelines. Our Ecology Director, Olivia Collington, holds a Natural England bat survey class and protected species licence.
Please contact our Ecology Director Olivia Collington via email (Olivia.email@example.com) for information on protected species surveys, such as great crested newts surveys. We also provide a wide range of ecological appraisal and environmental impact assessments as well as Landscape Ecological Management Plans.