28 August 2015
On 29-30 August 2015, it is the 19th International Bat Night, to raise awareness of this protected species.
All UK bat species and their roosts are protected through European law under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations Act 2010 (as amended). They are also protected by UK law under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). In particular, it is an offence to deliberately capture, injure, disturb or kill a bat.
Do you have bats in your trees? Could bats be roosting in trees on your development site? If so, they could delay development unless the right sort of survey work is carried out.
Watch Barry Clarkson, Senior Ecologist, WYG, explain the importance and advantages of climbed inspections to conduct bat surveys.
Contrary to popular myth, bats roost not only in belfries and other buildings, but also in trees. Three quarters of British bat species roost in trees, including some of our most common and widespread species such as pipistrelles, as well as rarer and more elusive bats such as Bechstein’s and barbastelles. Some bat species are rarely found anywhere else, hardly ever roosting in buildings or built structures.
Climbed inspections are often enough to inform decisions on felling or works, but, where more information is needed, they can help to focus and reduce the extent of further nocturnal survey works. They also provide reliable results and offer options for planning, development and mitigation. They are a great way to fully inspect the features of a tree for bat activity, which are often not visible from ground level. You can get up close to the habitat of local bat populations which helps to understand which types of trees and cavities they are likely to use.
For more information, contact Barry at firstname.lastname@example.org
WYG is now able to offer year-round climb and inspect surveys of trees through our recently established team of qualified and experienced tree-climbers and licensed bat ecologists.
Barry is a licensed bat ecologist, who holds City and Guilds CS38 Tree climbing and aerial rescue certification, and is available to carry out rope and harness surveys. If you think you need a tree survey, or if you would just like advice on bats, trees or any other ecological issue, please contact Barry or your local ecology team.
Photos and video by Peter Kneen.