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Bat Survey, Worcester
Bat survey Worcester: What are bat surveys?
As the bat species is protected under European law and the Wildlife and Countryside Act, Careful consideration must be taken when planning a developed on a site which has potential to home bats.
Bat surveys may be required for some developments to assist with planning permission 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 bats are found to be present on a site during the planning process, following an ecological survey, mitigation and compensation measures must be undertaken before any development work can begin.
There are many species of bats which are likely to be found in Worcester. These include common pipistrelle bat, Noctule bat, soprano pipistrelle bat, Daubentons’ bat, Whiskered bat, Brandt’s bat and Nathusius’ pipistrelle bat.
When to survey for bats in Worcester
In Worcester, bat activity is highest during the summer months. Therefore, activity 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 Worcester: 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 with your bat survey Worcester?
Collington Winter Environmental are a team of ecological consultants with extensive experience and knowledge of undertaking bat and hibernating bat surveys on all types of development projects to assist with planning applications. Our Ecology Director, Olivia Collington, is part of the Conservation Of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017, holds a Natural England Bat licence, a mitigation licence, and has worked with European protected species across the UK.
Please contact our Ecology Director, Olivia Collington (Olivia.email@example.com), for more information on protected species surveys. We also provide ecological appraisal and assessment services.
Our Director Jane Winter also provides landscape architecture services.