Bats

Bat in Flight

Brown Long-eared Bat

Bats are protected by EU and UK law and will usually need to be considered in development proposals. Five Wild Frontier Ecology  bat specialists are licensed by Natural England to conduct bat roost surveys which could disturb or require handling of bats.

WFE routinely conducts bat roost surveys for barn conversions, house extensions, demolitions, tree felling and other developments. We have the species knowledge and experience  needed to conduct professional bat surveys that will satisfy the planning requirements of local authorities, and be suitable for licensing purposes. Ultrasound, thermal imaging and infrared technology are used to achieve the required professional standards.

If a bat roost is associated with a proposed development, then it is likely that a European Protected Species (EPS) licence will be required to legally carry out the work. WFE is practised in preparing EPS licence applications for bats, and subsequently handling licences through to the completion of the project and beyond. These aim to deliver no net loss of biodiversity. We have experience of working with owners of many different building types, including listed buildings, churches, agricultural conversions and modern housing.

For more information: What to Expect From a Bat Survey: A guide for UK home owners is available from the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).

Bat Survey Services

  • Rapid response to client inquires and requests
  • Preliminary site/building appraisal
  • Bat roost assessments
  • EPS licensing
  • Mitigation (incl. ecological clerk of works and monitoring roost sites)
  • Bat impact assessments for larger development schemes (wind farms, housing projects, road and cable routes)
  • Bat habitat enhancement
  • Radio tracking services (to locate roosts, foraging and commuting areas)
  • Thermal imaging
  • Mist netting and harp trapping
Demolition in progress

Demolition in progress

WFE was commissioned on behalf of a developer to undertake a protected species survey of a derelict house and associated outbuildings and property near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.  The assessment ruled out the potential for great crested newt impacts, but identified bat roosting use of the house, thereby requiring an EPS licence for its demolition.  Our licensed bat workers then completed further survey work to satisfy the requirements of the EPS licence application.

WFE assisted the client in detailed negotiations with Huntingdon District Council to agree suitable planning conditions and obtain planning permission.

The EPS licence was successfully obtained, bat exclusion measures enacted, and the demolition carried out to schedule under ecologist supervision.  Compensatory bat boxes have been erected on trees within the site and three more have been mounted on the completed new builds.