All 18 species of bat in the UK are protected by domestic and European legislation. This is why performing bat surveys thoroughly before starting any project is highly reccomended. Bats can roost in trees, buildings, caves, tunnels, bridges and other structures, as long as there is suitable habitat nearby for them to forage.
It is illegal to:
As bats regularly roost in buildings and trees, they can easily be affected by development or maintenance work.
Most bat surveys, such as dusk emergence/dawn re-entry surveys and activity transects, can only be undertaken between April and September when bats are active and not hibernating. However, internal and external building inspections and ground-level tree assessments can be undertaken at any time of year.
Hibernation roost checks can only be undertaken during the hibernation period from December to March, inclusive.
Our ecology consultants hold the relevant protected species licence for bats and have extensive experience of successfully delivering projects ranging from straight forward building extensions to major new housing schemes. ADAS also have trained tree climbers who can safely conduct climbed tree inspections for bats.
We also offer a Bat Speciation DNA analysis service which can be ordered online.