What do we look for in a bat survey?
Three things, principally:
- Bats. No further explanation necessary (we hope!)
- Evidence of bat activity = things like droppings, dead bat carcasses and skeletons, prey remains, amongst other indicators.
- Habitat value. This is graded against criteria laid down by the Bat Conservation Trust in their guidance publication, Bat Surveys–Good Practice Guidelines (BCT 2012). The criteria inform an assessment which classifies the habitat value from “negligible,” through to “very high.” Things that contribute to a high habitat score are commonly e.g. features suitable for roosting, local to known roosts, and strong linear features connecting the site to foraging habitat.
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Arbtech's England and Wales licenced bat surveyors have an enormous wealth of experience when it comes to providing bat surveys for planning purposes. This is why, for your initial assessment -- (often called a scoping bat survey), and your phase 2 survey, (often called dusk, nocturnal, or bat emergence surveys) -- as well as being fast, efficient and unbeatable value, we guarantee that your local authority will accept our report, so you never have to worry.
Initial Assesment Bat Survey from £329
This year, each of our expert bat consultants will average over 1,200hrs surveying, across the UK, helping people just like you secure hundreds of planning consents. Because of this, we've always got surveys going on in your area. So, we’re able to act fast and charge all-inclusive, low cost rates. It’s also unlikely haven’t dealt with your local authority, or your site is much different to thousands we’ve seen before. Still got questions? Contact us and ask away!
Phase 2: Bat Emergence Surveys from £899
Sometimes, your LA will request a second phase of investigation; known as a bat emergence survey. The purpose of this is to discern bat species and numbers, using visual assessment and detectors, thus enabling the LA to see you have designed mitigation that is correct for the species roosting at your site. These surveys are slightly unusual in that the costs can be affected by the uniqueness of your site, so please contact us for a competitive, fixed cost quote.
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