Our fully licensed ecologists recently undertook a survey of a large derelict mining tunnel for hibernating bats in Rhondda Cynon Taff.
Our ecologists received professional training in confined spaces safety, and were led by the local mines rescue team. We traversed the mile long tunnel in search of hibernating bats, while making an assessment of the overall potential of the tunnel to be used by bats. The project has since been granted lottery funding and is progressing through the planning process prior to it’s reopening.
Acer Ecology is based in Cardiff, South Wales, but undertake projects all over the UK. We regularly undertake bat surveys throughout South Wales, including Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Newport, Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Torfaen and the Vale of Glamorgan. We also serve Powys Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, the West Midlands and South West England.
All bats and their roosts are protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017. As such, you may be required to commission a survey for bats. The objective of a bat survey is to:
- Establish the presence / likely absence of the bat roosts within trees and buildings;
- Identify the activity of bats across the site and key commuting and foraging routes; and
- Recommend ecological mitigation and enhancement where required.