The bat activity season is now over, and we won’t resume bat activity surveys until May 2016. We will, however, continue to carry out bat scoping surveys of buildings over the winter months.
A bat scoping survey consists of a daytime inspection of a building, or other structure, to determine its potential for roosting bats. One of our consultants will assess the property, using high powered torches and endoscopes, for signs of bats such as droppings, staining and feeding remains; or for features suitable for roosting bats, such as lifted roof tiles, raised lead flashing and potential access points into a roof void.
A bat scoping survey typically results in one of three outcomes: either the building has negligible potential for roosting bats, requiring no further action; roosting bats are identified, whereby a Natural England European Protected Species (EPS) license is usually required; or the requirement for further surveys during the following bat activity season is identified.
So far this year we have carried out 28 scoping surveys of buildings primarily in the north of England, in areas of Manchester, Stockport, Bolton, Bury, Blackburn, Oldham, Rotherham, Hebden Bridge, Halifax, Bradford and Leeds. Of these, 16 sites were determined to have negligible potential for roosting bats during the initial scoping survey, meaning that in 57% of cases our clients were able to satisfy planning requirements in regard to bats with a single survey.
For more information regarding bat scoping surveys, please contact us. We also encourage our clients to read CIEEM’s guide for UK home owners regarding bat surveys.