Category Archives: bat survey
One of the recommendations in our planning permission was that we should make a provision for bat habitat. A conversation in the local pub led to us acquiring a couple of bat boxes from a local RSPB group (thanks to Dave Hardwick). The boxes are made from offcuts of softwood from a local furniture factory.
We aren’t quite sure where to locate them yet, but the most likely location is in the larger trees in the bottom field. But more of an update on this once we have done a bit of research.
- All roof coverings and fascias should be removed carefully by hand
- Should any evidence of bats be found, all works should stop and advice sought from the bat surveyor or Natural England.
Guidance is given via the following link:
Bat roost features should be sited away from artificial lighting and should not be located above windows and doors.
In the course of the bat survey, an occupied swallow nest was identified in the existing lean-to building at the north-east side of the site. Works to this section of the site (which may cause destruction of nests or, disturbance to the resident swallows) must not take place during the bird breeding season (late March to August) or until the young have fledged.
In line with the NPPF, It would be beneficial if this nest could be retained in the final scheme. If not, then if possible, a replacement swallow nesting feature should be incorporated into the scheme in line with the following guidance:
Swallow nests require an open access throughout the breeding season, so are best suited to outbuildings, sheds or garages.
As soon as we have the written report, I will post more information.
The other compounding fact here is that the survey can only be completed at suitable times of the year, normally May to September.
In our case, we are not likely to be submitting a planning application until after September, so if it turns out that we need a bat survey then we will have to put everything on hold until the following May when the survey can be completed. Not a great result.
Talking to the existing owners, it would appear that there are bats in the area, so we have decided to get a bat survey completed now just in case. But it is another added expense. Around £1,000.