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Bat Survey Coventry
What is a Bat Survey?
Bat surveys may be required for some developments to assist with planning applications during the planning process. .
Typically, the local 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. These measures are required as bats are protected under the wildlife and countryside act, and they are also a European protected species.
Bat Survey Coventry: Bat Activity
Bat activity in Coventry 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 bat species that are likely to be found in Coventry are Common pipistrelle bats, Noctule bats, Soprano pipistrelle bats, Whiskered bats, Daubentons’ bats, Nathusius’ pipistrelle bats and Brandt’s bats.
Bat Survey Coventry: Types of bat survey
There are two types of bat activity surveys. The first is a preliminary roost assessment at an early stage which involves a environmental managers 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).
If it is established that the planned work could affect bats in the are, compensation and mitigation measures will be required.
How can Collington Winter assist?
Collington Winter Environmental 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 (Olivia.firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on protected species surveys, including bats, great crested newts, nesting birds and ecology surveys and reports. We also provide ecological appraisal and many other ecological services.