Before construction of properties can begin, preparation work is needed. There’s the obvious planning permission which must be sought, architect’s plans which should be drawn up well in advance and materials which need shipping to the construction site. But did you know that bat surveys are also required?
Bats are protected by law; specifically the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010. Consideration must be given to bat’s habitats, their activity and their migration before construction work starts. It goes without saying that bat surveys must be conducted by experts, qualified and knowledgeable in the habits of bats and the effect of construction on their environments. An ecological consultancy is best placed to undertake this work.
The first step of a bat survey is to consider whether there is any bat presence on the site. This will focus on trees and existing properties and structures. It will also consider the potential for bat roosting. If bat activity is found, further bat surveys are required to gain a more in-depth understanding of their activity. As bats are seasonal creatures, the bat surveys must be carried out at certain times of the year as well as suitable times of the day. May – September at dusk or dawn is the ideal time for bat activity to be surveyed. Consider these timings when you plan your construction project or you may face significant delays.
Once a survey has been conducted by experienced consultants, a bat development licence, if required, can be applied for. Part of the application process of the licence requires a mitigation strategy to be developed. This offers solutions for new roosts which may be as simple as building bat houses. Only when your licence has been granted can construction work begin.
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