Bat scoping surveys are used to initially assess an area and check the general suitability of the habitat for use by bats. In some circumstances this can give you a quick indication that the building or area is not suitable for use by bats, and allow your project to continue without the need for any further survey work or a Natural England EPS licence. If the area is considered suitable for use by bats then more thorough survey work must be undertaken.
Bat scoping survey in Lancashire
UES recently completed a bat scoping survey of a house and associated outbuildings in Lancashire. Our client has plans to demolish a number of buildings onsite and is applying for planning permission for a new build housing scheme.
The aim of the survey was to assess the site for the presence of bat roosts and bat activity within the structure of the buildings. The buildings were searched both externally and internally for bat presence and features associated with bat activity, as detailed in Bat Conservation Trust guidance (2007).
No field signs of bats such as droppings, feeding remains, rubbing or urine stains were found during the external and internal inspections of the buildings onsite, and as such UES deemed that no further survey work was required in relation to bats.
However, house sparrows were observed breeding inside the building, and therefore mitigation and compensation measures were suggested in relation to breeding birds as The ‘Wildlife and Countryside Act (WCA) 1981’ states that all wild birds are protected. Under the WCA, it is an offence to kill, injure or take any wild bird, to take damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird, or to take or destroy the egg of any wild bird.