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Bat surveys: All you need to know about bat surveys
When can a survey for bats take place?
It is possible to undertake internal and external inspections of buildings and trees at any time in the year. Echolocation surveys can only be undertaken between May and September.
Why do you need a bat survey?
Bats and their roosts are protected by both UK and EU legislation. This legislation protects not only the animals themselves but also protects roosts throughout the year, even when bats are absent. We have a team of qualified ecologists who are experienced in undertaking bat surveys in relation to planning applications and devising suitable mitigation strategies.
Protected species are a material consideration within the planning process, which means planning authorities must receive this information BEFORE consent can be granted.
What is involved in a bat survey?
The survey involves recording signs such as staining, droppings, scratch marks or insect remains on the interior or exterior of the building or tree.
The initial inspections are followed by an echolocation survey undertaken at dusk, which involves listening to echolocation calls using specialist equipment.
The accepted bat surveying season runs between May and September each year. This leaves a window of opportunity, which if missed, may delay your planning application for anything up to 8 months.
For more information about bat surveys, contact Landscape Planning Ltd via e-mail email@example.com or Tel: 01206 224781. Alternatively, visit their website www.landscapeplanning.co.uk