All 18 species of bat in the UK are protected by domestic and European legislation. Bats can roost in trees, buildings, caves, tunnels, bridges and other structures, as long as there is suitable habitat nearby for them to forage.
In cases where it is not possible to use traditional bat survey methods, DNA analysis of droppings can be carried out. Bat genotyping is used for reliable identification of bat species from guano (droppings). This can be used when identification through morphology is not possible or where bats cannot be seen. It also avoids the need to capture or trap these animals.
Where a project or development is likely to impact bats or their roosts, a bat survey is required. This is to establish the species present and the number of bats likely to be affected along with the potential impact on the bats. For more information about traditional surveying and mitigation, please see our Bat Ecology page.
The list price of each kit containing enough consumables to take 4 separate samples is £15. Each individual sample analysis is £45 (standard service – 10 working days) or £60 (fast track – 5 working days). All prices are ex-VAT. For further information, please contact Helen Rees.