We are bat specialists. We have highly experienced and licensed bat ecologists to undertake surveys and licence applications in England and Wales.
All bats and their roost sites are protected under UK and European legislation. Bat roosts can be found in a variety of both natural and man-made structures including buildings, trees, bridges, tunnels, caves and mines.
Bat surveys are commonly requested by planning authorities where development projects are likely to affect built structures or mature trees. A preliminary daytime assessment is typically the first stage in the process to establish the suitability of a site for roosting bats. Where evidence of bats is found or cannot be adequately ruled out then further surveys are required. These more detailed assessments include dusk emergence and dawn return surveys, bat activity surveys, DNA analysis of droppings and use of bat detection and recording equipment.
We also undertake bat activity surveys of sites for development, including commercial, residential, road schemes and wind / solar farms.
Bat surveys are restricted to certain times of the year. We would therefore recommend that you contact Us at the earliest opportunity in order to plan your surveys and subsequent works to prevent unnecessary costs and delays.
The Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management have also produced guidelines for homeowners on what to expect from a bat survey.
Richard Green is one of a relatively small number of consultants in England registered under Bat Mitigation Class Licences (WML-CL21; CL39 & CL40) for England and HS2 (previously known as Bat Low Impact Class Licence – BLICL).
We can therefore offer a more competitive package for bat surveys and licensing where survey findings fall under the criteria for this licence. We can also apply for a licence if another consultant has undertaken surveys but is not registered under the Bat Mitigation Class Licence (BMCL).
Key Benefits of Service
- Nationally recognised experts
- Over 150 European protected species licences obtained, with no refusals
- Use of cutting edge technology, including full-spectrum GPS bat detector recorders, endoscopes/micro-inspection cameras, thermal imaging and infra-red night vision cameras
- Capacity to react rapidly and survey large sites requiring a number of surveyors
- Registered under Bat Low Impact Class Licences for England and HS2
- Certificates in tree-climbing and confined space entry