All bats are protected by law within the United Kingdom through the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act (as amended) and the Conservation (Natural Habitats, & c.) Regulations 1994 (as amended). Therefore, prior to any development, bats are required to be considered prior to the approval of planning. They can be found using all types of features within our landscape including; trees, buildings, bridges, caves, cliffs, mines and other structures (such as stone walls and old WWII Defences). They use these features for different types of roosts and are used for shelter, protection and breeding sites. They can use a feature so long as it has a crack, crevice or hole as small as your thumb!
Our bat surveys come at competitive prices and follow the survey guidelines set out by the Bat Conservation Trust. The surveys are undertaken by the appropriate licenced individuals across England, Scotland and Wales. They are undertaken on any potential bat habitat and include:
• Roost Scoping Surveys – Initial inspections to outline bat potential on a site and to examine whether further survey effort is required.
• Roost Activity Surveys – Surveys to examine what species use the site and for what purpose.
• Hibernation Surveys – To analyse a site to see if any hibernating bats are present (No hibernating bats are disturbed during the surveys).
We also have experience in devising and implementing appropriate mitigation and compensation measures, including Natural England development licences.
We are licensed to carry out bat surveys in Staffordshire and anywhere else in the UK and our prices for bat surveys start at £250.
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