Bats - Species Survey

There are 17 species of bat known to occur in the UK and all are protected under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The legislation makes it illegal to:

  • Intentionally kill, injure or handle a bat;
  • Possess a bat (whether alive or dead);
  • Disturb a roosting bat; or
  • Damage, destroy or obstruct access to any place used by bats for shelter, whether they are present or not.

Bats may roost in buildings, trees, caves, bridges, mines, tunnels or other structures with several species utilising cracks and crevices and leaving few obvious signs of their presence. Even in the absence of such features, a site may require surveys for bats if it is in the proximity of protected sites or important bat roosts.

The type and extent of survey work required for bats varies enormously between sites and some surveys are seasonally restricted. Contacting Stark Ecology Ltd as early as possible in the planning stage of your project may help to minimise delays as a result of bat potential being identified on site.

If bats are identified as an ecological constraint to your project Stark Ecology Ltd can advise on suitable approaches to mitigation, help with obtaining a licence from Natural England or CCW to carry out works to or removal of a roost and provide advice on suitable working methods in areas of important bat habitat.