Case Studies

Bat Survey on Historic Church Building, Gloucestershire

Sector: Built Heritage

Client: Ampney Crucis Parochial Church Council

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Remit

The Church is preparing to undertake significant restorative works including a total roof replacement of the Nave and repairs to parapets, transepts and general pointing and stone repairs.

Before works could be undertaken the client needed to carry out ecological surveys for protected species, including bat surveys.

On behalf of the client Wildwood Ecology:

  • Supported the client and their conservation architect to agree a pragmatic survey programme and methodology going forwards.
  • Provided a preliminary roost assessment of the Church which was undertaken in order to update previous surveys and knowledge.
  • Undertook dusk emergence and pre-dawn roost surveys alongside an inspection of internal structures with high potential for bats.
  • Liaised early with the client to enable efficient project planning, allowing all of the surveys to be completed in the optimal period and within one season.
  • Provided advice on the legal and planning policy issues and recommendations on how to address these.
  • Produced a comprehensive report setting out the methodology and results and method statement.
  • Acted as the ecological clerk of work, providing support and advice throughout the restorative works.

Result

All planned restorative works completed with no impact on bats or their roosts.

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