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Sometimes called a scoping bat survey, initial assessment or walkover, this type of bat survey is done in daylight hours and therefore can be undertaken at any time of year.
Your local planning authority has asked you for a bat survey because, over the last century, populations and ranges of bats of all species have exhibited a steady decline. There is a significant and growing volume of research that suggests this issue lies squarely at the feet of high quality habitats being lost to development.
Arbtech’s 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 walkover assessment — often called a scoping bat survey — 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.
In addition to the fantastic level of speed and service you get from Arbtech as standard, we are able to offer several ‘trade-ups’ for customers who are really ‘up against it’, including weekend appointments and a next working day repot service.
What does this mean for you? It means our friendly experts that visit your site and write your reports are professors of all things bat; intimately familiar with all of the latest survey techniques, technology and guidance to ensure minimal planning risk and maximal speed.
This year alone, each surveyor in our ecology team will spend over 1200hrs surveying bats throughout the UK. Because of our scale and geographical reach, we’ve always got surveys happening in your area. This means we can act fast and provide the best value possible.
Bats are protected by various statues throughout the United Kingdom. These various legal instruments are summarised in the table below (Source: Arbtech):
|Location of Roost||Transposing EC Habitats Directive||Other Relevant Legislation||Planning Policy|
|England||Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010.||Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as amended.Countrywide and Rights of Way Act 2000.Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.||National Planning Policy Framework (“NPPF”).|
|Wales||Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010.||Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as amended.Countrywide and Rights of Way Act 2000.Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006.||Technical Advice Note (“TAN”) 5.|
|Scotland||Conservation (Natural Habitat & c.) Regulations 1994 as amended.||Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as amended.The Nature conservation (Scotland) Act 2004.||National Planning Policy Guidance (“NPPG”) 14 and Planning Advice Note (“PAN”) 60.|
Cumulatively, this legislation makes it illegal to:
To satisfy to your local authority that your development application does not pose any risk to bats or their roosting places, you will need to demonstrate bat presence or absence with some scientific validity. This is ordinarily undertaken by a licenced ecologist and commonly comprises a daylight inspection of your buildings or trees, both internal and external, as access allows for – the scoping bat survey. If your ecologist cannot confirm the complete absence of bats, evidence of their activity and suitable habitat, it is fairly normal for your local authority ask you for a bat emergence survey. However, in the happy majority of instances, a scoping survey is as far as the process needs to go.
See for yourself what renowned (in the bat world) Doctoral Researcher, Stacy Waring thinks of our internal resources:
— stacey waring (@sdwaring) March 29, 2014
I found Jo to be very knowledgeable and helpful, first class service thank you very much
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