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Protected Species Surveys

Bat Surveys

Wildwood Ecology are bat specialists with a team of highly experienced and licensed bat ecologists able to undertake surveys, training, and licence applications to assist you with your project. If bats are known, or likely, to be on a development site the earlier you contact us the better in order to minimise any delays and costs to your project.

Wildwood Ecology can undertake a bat survey of your building, bridge, structure or tree to inform your plans or planning application, or survey your land (or proposed land purchase) as part of a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal. Subsequent detailed surveys to inform appropriate levels of mitigation or compensation for a development licence application can also be performed. All Wildwood Ecology consultant ecologists undertaking bat surveys are highly experienced and licensed bat workers in England and Wales.

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Bat legislation and protection

All British bat species are fully protected under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended).

It is an offence to:

– Deliberately capture, injure, kill or disturb bats anywhere,
– Intentionally or recklessly obstruct access to their roosts, or
– Damage or destroy a roost.

Roosts are protected even if no bats are present. If convicted of an offence the penalties can be severe, including a fine of up to £5000 (per bat!) and/or six months in prison.

Some bat species, including Barbastelle, Bechstein’s, brown long-eared, common pipistrelle (Wales only), greater horseshoe, lesser horseshoe, Noctule, and soprano pipistrelle are also priority species under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UKBAP) .

Did you know
  • There are currently 17 species of bat breeding in the UK; some are common and present across the whole country, whilst others are extremely rare.
  • All British bats are nocturnal and particularly active at dusk and dawn.
  • Feeding on insects – a single bat can eat up to 3000 insects in one night.
  • They use echolocation to find their prey and navigate, and hibernate during the winter when food is in short supply.
  • Bats can be found roosting in almost any building or structure – churches, castles, modern houses, trees, barns, caves, mines, bridges, culverts, and tunnels.
  • Habitat features such as woodland, grassland, hedgerows, trees, ponds and rivers are important to them as foraging areas and linear features for use as flight lines.
  • Bats are very vulnerable to disturbance and there has been a major decline in bat populations over the past century due to loss of roosting spaces, habitat loss,and reduction in prey availability.

Protected Species Surveys