Bat populations have declined considerably over the last century due to changes in land use, building and development work. In England and Wales, the relevant legislation for bats is the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) (as amended); the Countryside and Rights of Way Act, 2000; the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act (NERC, 2006); and by the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations (2010).
Existing bat roosts and habitats need to be identified prior to works and must be either protected or reinstated. Our bat surveys are carried out by licenced professionals and include initial habitat surveys, activity surveys, roost surveys, data collation and analysis.
We can also recommend and assist in mitigation if bats are present through slight design modifications to building plans or landscaping; it is important to retain the bat foraging and commuting habitat as well as bat roosts. Where bat roosts need to be modified or destroyed, then works must be properly timed and bat roosts must be replaced or reinstated.