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PEA and Bat Survey in Perry Barr, Birmingham

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PEA

Arbtech undertook a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal on an industrial site in Perry Barr, Birmingham that our client wanted to develop on.

Whilst completing a walkover survey looking for evidence of protected species and inspecting the buildings on site which are to be demolished bat droppings were found. The buildings were likely to have been used by pipistrelle species of bats and could have provided sheltered areas for them to feed as well as roost.

Our ecologist also made note of any invasive species present on the site. This site has Japanese knotweed, which is also present on neighbouring land and will need to be addressed prior to development.

Bat Surveys

As the buildings on site are being used by bats, bat activity surveys undertaken at dusk and dawn were required in order to confirm which species were present and what they were using the buildings for.

A total of three bat surveys, which were a mix of dusk and dawn surveys, were undertaken between mid-May and August, the core survey season.

Charlotte managed a team of 8 surveyors during the emergence and re-entry surveys. On each of the surveys Charlotte and her team recorded bats using buildings as well as activity over and adjacent to the site.

The report concluded that the development would have an effect on roosting bats in two of the buildings on site and that a European Protected Species Licence would be required for the works to go ahead. However, as a low number of bats was seen using the buildings (3 max), and these are common bat species, a Low Impact Class Licence could be applied for with this site. Our reports and consultation sped up the process for our client while providing adequate roosting provisions for the bats using the site.

Customer Feedback

Scoping bat survey

I needed a scoping bat survey to meet the requirements of a local planning authority within a tight timeframe. Jo Gregory carried out the survey within 24 hours of my formal request and issued a focused report early on the third working day following which...

5 stars
Bat Emergence Survey (Phase 2)

The bat survey was undertaken in a professional manner and we were kept informed at all times as to the progress. The report is comprehensive and will assist in our discussions with the Council planners and local environment groups.

5 stars
Bat Surveys

Lauren Fear provided a swift, thoughtful and well considered survey. A pragmatic review and a careful analysis. On top of this excellent value for service.

5 stars

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