Bat Surveys & Bat Roost Assessments By Chase Ecology To Support Planning Permission Applications

Bat Surveys & Bat Roost Assessments By Chase Ecology To Support Planning Permission Applications
Chase Ecology conducts bat surveys and implements mitigation strategies to prevent man-animal conflict. The services of this independent licensed ecological consultancy are available to domestic and commercial clients across the U.K.

According to announcements released by Chase Ecology, this independent licensed ecological consultancy conducts bat surveys, bat roost assessments and implements mitigation strategies to ensure compliance with planning permission requirements.

This consultancy has a decade’s experience in helping clients obtain protected species licenses through its services. Its efficiency and ability to provide solutions, along with its excellent relationships with the local planning authorities, means that architects, contractors, builders, and potential homeowners save on time and money.

Scoping bat surveys, also known as bat roost assessments, can be performed any time of the year, but only during daytime. The process involves checking the area to be developed for signs of being inhabited by bats. These signs include bat droppings, a typical odor, and bat sightings. Places, where bats may potentially roost are identified.

A desktop search follows this to obtain biological data records of bats within a range of up to 5 km from the project site. This enables Chase Ecology to locate any available alternative habitats for the mammal, SSSI, or conservation areas and find out about mitigation licenses already granted.

Scoping bat surveys are followed by activity bat surveys. These are also known as dusk and dawn surveys. The window for these surveys is between May and September, and under dry weather conditions. This survey helps establish the species, population, and it identifies the reasons for bats preferring structures in that area for roosting. 

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Chase Ecology said, “Bat survey reports are required for development projects that may affect protected species. Bats, along with Newts, nesting birds, and many other species, are all protected under The Wildlife and Countryside Act (as amended) 1981. At this point, we’d like to give you some good news. Bats almost never stop your development. But what is the bat survey and mitigation process? Firstly, a preliminary roost assessment (also known as a phase 1 survey) will take place. This process will highlight any potential for bats to live within your structure.

If the potential is shown, then dusk and dawn or emergence bat surveys need to be completed. These bat surveys need to show whether protected species are present in the area and how they use the site.

If species are detected, then a mitigation plan is designed to show how you’ll avoid, reduce, or manage any protected species’ adverse effects. Working with your ecologist, you need to decide which methods are right for the project you’re working on.

A mitigation license from Natural England is required. Once received, the moving of bats to a new home can then take place.”

On mitigation strategies available, Chase Ecology said, “This could involve timings of works, installation of bat boxes (both external and internal) and/or creation of a bat loft for void-dwelling species (such as brown long-eared).

In some instances, the best solution can be a stand-alone ‘bat house.’ Bat access roof tiles may also provide an excellent solution to development.

Lower impact measures may require just the installation of a bat box or two. This method is sufficient in the instance of a single crevice dwelling bat, such as a common pipistrelle.”

About the Company:

Chase Ecology is a decade-old expert bat survey consultancy in the U.K. It offers common-sense solutions at affordable prices and presents efficient solutions to mitigate man-animal conflict, and helps clients obtain the necessary permissions and licenses for construction work. Chase Ecology has a record of 100% success in obtaining protected species licenses for our clients.

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