5 Reasons To Get A Bat Survey
Reasons to get a bat survey are many but include some of the following:
- ‘Reasonable likelihood’ of bats being present – If there’s a possibility of bats, you’ll need to have an initial check done to determine whether they are indeed present. This and any subsequent surveys should be undertaken by a licensed ecologist. So what determines ‘reasonable likelihood’? Agricultural buildings and any site with close proximity to woodland and/or water would be most likely to fall under this category, but you should check with the local planning authority first.
- Bats are protected by the law – Bats are protected species in the UK. It’s an offence to capture or kill them, but also to disturb them in a roost or damage, destroy or block access to a roost. If having bats at a property or development is a real possibility, then a dedicated bat survey will need to be done before any sort of planning application is submitted. If bats do have to be disturbed or relocated, then this must be done by a licenced bat specialist. Breaches of the law can result in stiff fines or even imprisonment, so this isn’t a matter to be taken lightly.
- Avoid delay because of ‘bat survey season’ – As bats tend to hibernate for winter then the period April to September is the typical bat survey season. Outside of these months, during the winter period when the bats are not active, activity surveys become impossible. It’s therefore important to plan ahead if you are likely to require a bat survey so that you don’t miss the window of opportunity and have to wait until the following year for your bat survey to take place. Being informed by the local authority in November, for example, that you need a bat survey (which could not be started until April the following year) would lead to costly delays to your development and schedule.
- Remedial action to protect the bats – If your survey confirms the presence of bats then it’s likely the bat survey will also advise what action needs to be taken to avoid harming the bats during any development. This could involve action such as using specially designed raised roof and ridge tiles to allow the bats continued access, or could be steps to provide alternative roosts such as bat boxes or more significant roost spaces. These measures would be set out in the ecologist’s bat survey report.
- You won’t get planning permission without the bat survey – If there’s a likelihood of bats being on site, you must produce a bat survey along with your planning application. Without taking the required steps then you won’t get the necessary permission. Any planning approval would be conditional on the recommendations of the report being carried out when you come to undertake the works. The type of measures required will usually depend on the type of bats found on site as each has different requirements based on access points, required space etc.
Confirming the presence of bats on your property or development can be a worry, but doing nothing is not an option. We can give you an idea of what a typical bat survey costs and advise you on the next steps.
Here at Indigo Surveys, we can help you find out early in the process whether you have bats on site, and by getting a preliminary bat survey means that you can take the necessary follow-up action to ensure you don’t fall foul of the law and the well-being of the bats is maintained.
Find out about bat survey costs by Contacting Indigo Surveys for a Bat Survey quote.