Bats and their roosts are fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations. Therefore, some planning applications require a bat survey.
In Britain, all bat species and their roosts are legally protected by both domestic and international legislation. It is an offence to:
– Deliberately capture, injure or kill a bat
– Intentionally or recklessly disturb a bat in its roost or deliberately disturb a group of bats
– Damage or destroy a bat roosting place (even if bats are not occupying the roost at the time)
– Intentionally or recklessly obstruct access to a bat roost
Bat surveys aim 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.
We have carried out numerous bat surveys across Northumberland and have recently undergone surveys in areas such as Berwick-upon-tweed, Haggerston, Belford, Bamburgh, Seahouses, Beadnell, Benthall, Embleton, Wooler, Powburn, Eyemouth, and Coldingham.
We are well placed to undertake bat surveys in and across Northumberland and the surrounding counties such as Durham.
For more information about bat surveys, or any of our other ecological services, please contact Acer Ecology, our head office on 02920 650331, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.