Posts Tagged ‘Manchester’

Lunar Hornet Clearwing Moth found on a survey in Manchester City Centre

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

The Lunar Hornet Clearwing Sesia bembeciformis, is a more common relative of the Hornet Clearwing Sesia apiformis, both species are in fact moths. They imitate hornets in appearance, flight and they even emit a buzzing sound when flying.

Hornet moths are a fantastic example of what is known as ‘Batesian mimicry’ where harmless species have evolved to imitate more harmful or distasteful species. The idea being that predators are likely to avoid the harmless moth based on a previous unpleasant experience with a hornet or other similar species.

The caterpillars are most often found in willow trunks and can remain in the larval stage for up to two years before emerging as a moth. This photo was taken in Manchester City Centre.

 

Bats and development in Greater Manchester

Monday, February 25th, 2013
Common pipistrelle

Common pipistrelle, the most common UK bat

Many people in the UK share their buildings with bats and are unaware. As a result when Local Planning Authorities refuse planning permission in relation to bats home owners and developers can be surprised. However with the correct ecology surveys, appropriate planning and ecological advice from bat experts development can proceed.

Local Planning Authorities will refuse planning permission if they believe that bats may be affected. This can occur on projects of any size from a loft conversion to a major infrastructure development.

In some situations a bat survey such as a bat scoping survey will be sufficient to confirm the absence of bats.  A bat scoping survey can be carried out at any time of year and can inform a prospective developer of any issues that may arise. Early recognition of bat presence and appropriate planning can remove the need for further survey works.

If bat presence is likely then a bat presence/absence survey may be required, construction can be postponed and planning permission will be refused until the necessary surveys are completed. These bat surveys can only be carried out within a specific window of 6 months across spring and summer. If evidence of significant bat presence is found you may be required to obtain a European Protected Species Licence from Natural England.

UES is an experienced ecological consultancy and has been providing ecological advice and services for several years throughout the UK. UES has worked on a variety of projects where bats are present, and is experienced in obtaining European Protected Species Licences for various types of development. UES is aware that delaying projects has major financial consequences and works hard to try and prevent any issues that could cause delay.

Bat surveys for planning applications

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Bat surveys may be required prior to gaining planning permission from local planning authorities. Because bats and their habitats are fully protested under both British and European legislation LPA’s have to take them into account as a material consideration of planning

A wide array of projects require bat surveys prior to planning permission being granted. A large proportion of these are projects which affect existing buildings and trees. The reason for this is that bats roost in buildings and trees, and so anything which has the potential to affect these could potentially harm bats and lead to a breach of the legislation.

Bats have been found to use many different areas in buildings to roost. Essentially any gap in the building could be used by roosting bats. Bats such as the common pipistrelle and brown long eared bat are commonly found in cavity walls, roof spaces, underneath roof tiles, behind boarding and behind boxed soffits. Local planning authorities are likely to ask for bat surveys to be completed prior to any work taking place which has the potential to disturb these areas.

Loft conversions, re-roofing, building extensions, demolition and barn conversions are all activities which have the potential to disturb these areas and so LPA’s will ask for bat surveys to be completed prior to planning permission being granted.

Barn conversions will almost always require bat surveys prior to planning permission being granted as old farm barns are ideal habitat for roosting and feeding bats. Barns have many features which make them suitable such as old wooden beams with gaps and cracks around the joints slatted wooden walls, or thick brick walls. The countryside location of barns also makes them an ideal roosting spot for bats.

As mentioned earlier bats also roost in trees and can be found in cracks and deep fissures in the timber or closer to the surface underneath tree bark and in smaller cracks. As with buildings any action which has the potential to disturb or harm bats in trees will require a bat survey. Trees can be surveyed in different ways. Many companies will only survey trees from the ground to look for holes and cracks with roosting potential. This is an acceptable method, however climbing the tree can often allow the surveyor to discount small fissures which may look suitable from the ground but up close could not be used by bats. We are qualified to carry out aerial tree surveys and believe that this approach is more thorough, and can allow us to confirm or discount holes trees more accurately which will save the developer time and money.

Bats are most active during the spring and summer months and so this is the time that most bat surveys are carried out. Checks of buildings can be carried out during times of the year when bats are not active, however if signs of use by bats or features which could be used by bats are found then more survey work may have to be carried out at a time of year when bats are active. This can cause considerable delays to a project.

The best approach is to ensure surveys are completed as early as possible in your project planning. Ideally prior to lodging your planning application, this helps to keep the planners on side and will help to avoid any delays to your project and any negative impact on wildlife!

United Environmental Services are experienced in bat surveys and give ecological planning advice to a range of clients from householders to utilities companies.

Call us or get in touch via the contacts page on our website for advice and information and we will do our best to help

Bat Surveys in Manchester

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Bat surveys can be undertaken in Greater Manchester at most times of the year. Bats are most active in Greater Manchester during the spring and summer months. Bat activity surveys can only be carried out in Greater Manchester at these times of year. At other times of year it is possible to carry out bat scoping surveys of buildings, and bat scoping surveys of trees and other structures which may support roosting bats. If signs of use by bats or features which could support roosting bats are found, then it will be necessary to complete bat activity surveys during the spring or summer. In Greater Manchester many bat surveys are carried out on barns and farm buildings. This is in order to gain planning permission. Barn conversions are one of the most common causes of loss of bat habitat which is why local planning authorities insist on bat surveys prior to planning permission being granted. There are several species of bat which are resident in Greater Manchester. These include Noctule bat, common pipistrelle bat, soprano pipistrelle bat, Nathusius’ pipistrelle bat, Daubentons’ bat, Whiskered bat, Brandt’s’ bat. United Environmental Services use several pieces of high tech equipment to find bats during a bat survey. These include bat boxes which can detect the echolocation calls of bats and the Anabat system which detects bat echolocation calls and displays them visually on a PDA screen which makes recording of the bat calls and identification of the bat species much more accurate.

United Environmental Services carry out surveys across Greater Manchester. The surveys which are carried out in Greater Manchester include great crested newt surveys, bat surveys, Phase 1 habitat surveys, breeding bird surveys, water vole surveys and a full range of environmental surveys. United Environmental Services also offer landscape design and garden design services in Greater Manchester and can provide the materials and implementation work if required. We have a team of experienced surveyors, landscape architects and ground workers who work to a high standard across Greater Manchester.

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Great Crested Newt Surveys in Manchester

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Great crested newt surveys can be carried out in Greater Manchester during spring and early summer. Pond surveys for great crested newts are undertaken at a time of year when the great crested newt population returns to the pond to breed. Great crested newt pond surveys have to be carried out to strict guidelines and so the people undertaking them must be properly trained, licensed and experienced to carry out great crested newt pond surveys. Greater Manchester has many ponds and wet areas which are suitable for great crested newts. Any action which has the potential to disturb great crested newts or their habitats must be preceded by great crested newt surveys of the pond or area, to ensure that no great crested newts are disturbed. United Environmental Services have experienced and appropriately licensed staff that can carry out great crested newt surveys in Greater Manchester. At times of year when great crested newts are not in the ponds, other survey methods can be employed. The main technique used is the habitat suitability index which is an accepted method of assessing a habitat for its suitability for use by great crested newts.

United Environmental Services carry out surveys across Greater Manchester. The surveys which are carried out in Greater Manchester include great crested newt surveys, bat surveys, Phase 1 habitat surveys, breeding bird surveys, water vole surveys and a full range of environmental surveys. United Environmental Services also offer landscape design and garden design services in Greater Manchester and can provide the materials and implementation work if required. We have a team of experienced surveyors, landscape architects and ground workers who work to a high standard across Greater Manchester.

Contact us for further information

Phase 1 Habitat surveys in Greater Manchester

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Phase 1 habitat surveys can be carried out in Greater Manchester at any time of year however the optimum time of year to carry out habitat surveys is during the spring and summer months when a more complete range of Greater Manchester’s flora and fauna are active. Phase 1 habitat surveys are used to catalogue the different types of habitat which are found in a given area. The results of the phase 1 habitat survey can then be used to assess the impacts of a development on an area and if necessary to specify if any further survey work is required. An example of this would be if a badger sett was found inside or close to the development area then badger surveys would be recommended, similarly if an area of habitat was found which was suitable for use by breeding birds then potentially breeding bird surveys would have to be completed prior to the start of works. Greater Manchester has a variety of different habitat types which support a range of different species, from woodlands to urban areas. Phase 1 habitat surveys are usually required prior to the start of development work and can save time as any potential issues with protected species or protected habitats will be highlighted early in the development.

United Environmental Services carry out surveys across Greater Manchester. The surveys which are carried out in Greater Manchester include great crested newt surveys, bat surveys, Phase 1 habitat surveys, breeding bird surveys, water vole surveys and a full range of environmental surveys. United Environmental Services also offer landscape design and garden design services in Greater Manchester and can provide the materials and implementation work if required. We have a team of experienced surveyors, landscape architects and ground workers who work to a high standard across Greater Manchester.

United Environmental Services are experienced in a wide range of ecological survey work, contact us for more information.