Bat Surveys: Site Assessments

What is a Site Assessment?

Where a project has the potential to significantly impact upon an area of habitat which may be used by commuting or foraging bats, it may be necessary to assess the use of the site by these species.

The assessments will help to identify important commuting or foraging resources which can either be retained or protected within the site layout, or mitigated through the creation of alternative connectivity or the development of new foraging habitat.

 

How can LSC help?

LSC uses a range of techniques to quantify and qualify the use of a site by bats. One method involves nocturnal walked transect surveys where our experienced surveyors record bat presence and behaviour using ultrasonic bat detectors which allow us to identify them, often to species. Another method includes the deployment of one or more of LSC's static bat detectors - these are remote monitoring devices which record passing bat calls over a period of 3-4 days and allow us to identify the species present and levels of activity recorded. Using the data gathered from these surveys, we will produce an assessment of the site use by bats and work alongside you to ensure that these protected species are accounted for in the report for submission for Planning Permission.

Our surveys are completed to the Best Practice Guidelines outlined by the Bat Conservation Trust, and our reports consistently and comprehensively provide the information required by our clients to secure Planning Permission.

 Where developments cover an extensive habitat area, it is often necessary to obtain an overview of how local bat populations use the site in order to meet Best Practice guidance in support of Planning.

Where developments cover an extensive habitat area, it is often necessary to obtain an overview of how local bat populations use the site in order to meet Best Practice guidance in support of Planning.


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