REC’s bat ecologists recently undertook a thorough inspection of a tree, which was proposed to be felled to accommodate a residential scheme in Liverpool. A ground-level assessment indicated that it had the potential to support bat roosts and, as such, further investigation was needed.
Dusk emergence and dawn re-entry surveys on trees can be labour intensive and not always conclusive. Furthermore, with the transient use of many bat roosts, it is sometimes difficult to provide confidence in a negative result from the ground. These surveys are also seasonally constrained and can only be undertaken between May and September.
It was February and planning permission was required within a short timeframe. REC’s ecology department therefore advised to undertake a tree climbing inspection as they can be undertaken throughout the year. This is also a cost-effective alternative as features which appear to be suitable from a ground inspection can be downgraded or dismissed as possible roosting locations.
One of our fully qualified ecologists carried out a detailed inspection of the trees and no bats or signs of bats were found. Our novel approach allowed the works to go ahead without further delay.
For more information on ecological surveys at REC – please contact us online or call 0845 676 9303.