Bat surveys and Mitigation Strategy for a local Church
LSC were approached by Allan Joyce Architects to assess a local church for roosting bats. The lead had been stolen from the church over the summer and had been patched to keep out the rain, but a quick renovation using a lead-replacement material was needed to prevent further damage from occurring.
LSC undertook an internal and external inspection of the church during the daytime and found evidence of bats, including live bats roosting in the church itself and droppings on the church floor. Two of our surveyors returned to the church at dusk and dawn to assess how bats were using both the internal and external features of the church. We identified three roosts situated around the church, but only one of these had the potential to be affected by the proposed roof replacement works. Careful inspection of the roost location, and dialogue with the architects, confirmed that works could proceed at an appropriate time of year without disturbing the roost or any bats present within it. LSC consulted with the Local Planning Authority (LPA) Ecologist to provide our client with confidence that the recommended approach would be agreed at Planning.
Having received Planning Permission, the roofing works proceeded in the autumn under the supervision of one of LSC’s licenced bat workers, to make sure that the church was protected from the winter weather. The pragmatic and site-specific assessment conducted by LSC meant that there was no need for an EPS licence to undertake these works, avoiding additional costs for the church and time delays to the renovation works.
Allan Joyce architects said “we were delighted with the prompt & helpful advice that enabled us to resolve which security measures to install that would not disturb the bats but will protect the church from future thefts”.