What Happens if we Find bats?
The initial bat and nesting bird survey involves a bat ecologist surveying all areas of the building, inside and out, using high powered torches, ladders and possibly an endoscope. If bats, or evidence of bats, is found during this initial survey, then the bat ecologist will recommend further surveys are undertaken using specialised equipment.
Rest assured that is it very unlikely your development will not be able to go ahead if we find bats. CEC is here to help you through the process to implement some form of bat mitigation and/or obtaining a European Protected Species Licence or a Bat Mitigation Class Licence to satisfy the Planning Authority and Natural England that the bats will be able to continue using your property as their home.
Bat emergence surveys: this normally involves two ecologists on site to record any bats emerging in and out of the building. A minimum of two emergence surveys is normally recommended as per Natural England and Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) guidelines.
Bat remote detector surveys – this involves placing a recordable unit within the building which automatically records any bat calls and activity. It is normally in the building for a period of 1 to 2 weeks.
Depending on what your additional surveys tell us, you might need to gain permission from Natural England to legally and temporarily disturb a bat roost so your works can go ahead. Please contact us for more information using 01872245510 (answerphone service, we will return your call) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or using our contact form for further advise on additional surveys, or use our auto tendering tool to buy your initial survey visit.