Bat survey season is here; time to get those surveys booked in!

Thousands of Brits having been enjoying the recent warm weather, with barbeques in full swing. The onset of great weather means that the UK’s bats are also out in force feasting on thousands of midges and mosquitoes and other flying critters, fattening up after a long period of hibernation over the winter.

If you’ve had an ecology report sat on your desk with recommendations for a bat survey, then now is the time to get costs for those surveys and get them booked in! Depending on your project-specific requirements you may be required to undertake one or two bat surveys between May and August; undertaking these surveys in this period is often critical to planning success.

It maybe that you’re not sure whether you need a bat survey or not. It’s equally important to find out as soon as possible so that you don’t encounter potentially significant delays later down the line if you miss the optimum period.

Bat survey flow

The first part of the bat survey process is to carry out an initial assessment to determine the suitability of your site to support bat roosts and/or important commuting or foraging routes. This initial assessment will involve a site survey as well as a desk-based assessment, the results of which are then evaluated jointly to determine the suitability of your site for bats.

Depending on the results of the initial assessment, further surveys may be recommended, and these are often constrained by the period that they can be carried out in. We highly recommend getting in touch to discuss your project-specific requirements and set out a plan to ensure that any surveys required are delivered in accordance with industry guidance.

Whether you’re a developer looking for the right site, an architect navigating your way through planning, or an individual looking to make the most of your property, our highly qualified team can help you to find the most successful natural-infrastructure solutions, with advice to ensure your project is successful in respect of ecology first time, every time.

We have undertaken bat surveys for a wide-range of buildings and projects, from demolition of some of the biggest buildings in Coventry, through to residential extensions, demolitions, conversions and renovations of small residential houses, 17th century manor houses and barns. Whatever the project, however big or small, we’re here to offer expert analysis, quality advice and personal support to help you achieve planning success.