What happens if we find bats?
Planning will request an initial visual inspection is undertaken on your property. This 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 recommends more survey effort is undertaken using specialised equipment.
Rest assured that is it 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 Low Impact Class Licence to satisfy the planners and Natural England that the bats can continue using your property as their home.
Additional surveys are quoted for seperately and can include;
- bat emergence surveys - this normally involves 2 ecologists on site to record any bats emerging in and out of the building. A minimum of 2 emergence surveys is normally recommended as per CIEEM and Natural England 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 click here for more information.