Bat Survey Essex: Protected Species Surveys
Bat surveys are undertaken for development sites to inform a planning application and determine presence of bats within an area and can help with bat species identification. The local planning authority will usually let you know if a bat survey is required for proposed work to begin. Bat surveys are often completed alongside ecological impact assessments.
A bat survey will detect the presence or likely absence of bats in a particular area so that management plans can be made to proceed with a development. If bats are found to be present on a site, mitigation and compensation measures must be undertaken before any development work can begin.
There are many bat species which are likely to be found in Essex. These include, common pipistrelle bat, Noctule bat, soprano pipistrelle bat, Daubentons’ bat, Whiskered bat, Brandt’s’ bat and Nathusius’ pipistrelle bat.
In Essex, bat activity is highest during the summer months. Therefore, surveys should be carried out during this time to determine the presence of roosting bats. If bat activity is found during a bat survey in the summer months, a bat hibernation survey may be required during the winter to establish whether the area is also used by hibernating bats.
Bat Survey Essex: Types of Bat Survey
Preliminary Roost Assessment: This is the first step in the bat surveying process which involves an ecologist carrying out a site visit. They will carry out an internal and external inspection of the building looking for evidence of bats, including insect feeding remains and bat droppings.
Nocturnal bat surveys: This involves surveyors using bat detectors to record and analyse bat calls. They will be either dusk emergence surveys (when bats are leaving their roosts to forage) or dawn re-entry surveys (the end of the night out when all the bats return back to their roosts).
How Can Collington Winter Assist?
Collington Winter Environmental are a team of ecological consultants with extensive experience in undertaking bat survey work on all types of development projects alongside bat surveyors. Our Ecology Director, Olivia Collington, holds a Natural England Bat licence, and has worked with legally protected species, such as great crested newts, barn owls and water voles, across the UK.
Please get in touch with our Ecology Director Olivia Collington (Olivia.email@example.com) for more information on European protected species surveys, ecology surveys and tree surveys. We also provide ecological appraisal and assessment services.