It is important to try and provide roosting opportunities for bats and birds in new buildings as the number of available roost sites has dwindled in recent years
Bat mitigation and compensation measures in Mobberley
A house renovation project in Mobberley which included building bat boxes into the Gable end wall has recently been completed. The house originally had slate hanging tiles on the gable end wall. Hanging tiles are a favourite summer roosting spot for many different species of bats. In order to ensure that no bat habitat was lost to the renovation our client included bat boxes in the design of the house. UES advised the project architect early in the planning process on the best type of boxes to use and the best placement. UES also advised on the timings and working methods to be used to ensure that no bats were disturbed during the renovation.
Bat boxes were fitted into the wall during February which is a time of year when bats are not active. The wall was rendered and the boxes are not on view. Only the entrances to the boxes can be seen.
The boxes were recently checked with binoculars from the ground and bat droppings can be seen at two of the three entrances. This goes to show how quickly bats will take advantage of good quality roosting opportunities. The renovation project is a success to both the client and also for the local bat population.
It is important to try and provide roosting opportunities for bats and birds in new buildings as the number of available roost sites has dwindled in recent years. By creating additional roosting spaces in new buildings we can give back some of the habitat which is swallowed by development every year. The inclusion of bat and bird boxes in the design of a building will not add much to the cost of the project or affect the aesthetics of the design. It will provide valuable roosting habitat for some of our native wildlife.