The Bat Survey Season is Here

04.06.13

May to September

Don’t miss this window of opportunity, your planning application could be delayed up to 12 months!

Bats are a protected species within the UK and Europe. This level of protection means that not only are the species protected but also the roosts, even when the bats are absent. If you need to carry out any work that is likely to affect bats, REC Ecology can help you. Our ecologists are trained in undertaking bat surveys to assist in your planning applications.

Protected species are a standard consideration for planning applications, so surveys and assessment work must be completed before the application will be accepted. If protected species are not taken into consideration, the application will be turned down.

A bat survey involves an internal and external inspection of a building or tree to identify signs of bats (such as staining, droppings, scratch marks or insect remains) and to assess the potential use of the feature as a bat roost. The second stage is to conduct an echolocation survey at dusk with the use of specialist bat detectors; this could also include a dawn survey using the same methods.

Internal and external inspections of buildings and trees can be undertaken at any time in the year. However, echolocation surveys can only be undertaken between May and September. Quite often, two surveys are required with a sufficient time interval between the surveys.

For an informal chat about your individual ecological requirements, please give us a call on 0845 676 9303 or contact us online.

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