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If bats are unexpectedly discovered during the course of operations all works should cease immediately and a licensed bat worker should be employed who will contact Natural England and the Bat Conservation Trust.

More information

The BCT is a charity that does a lot of good work for the conservation of bats. They organise and run lots of projects with the aim of creating better habitats for bats. For more information visit the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) website. http://www.bats.org.uk/

Bats

Unlike birds bats do not make nests, and roost in different places at various times of the year. Some bats roost in hollow trees, some roost in caves and some bats will roost in both at different times of the year. Many of our more common bat species shelter in buildings in cracks in masonry, underneath roof tiles ,behind hanging tiles and behind boarding with some bats preferring open roof spaces. During the summer female bats gather together in a maternity roost where they suckle their young. They stay here until the infant bats can fly and feed themselves. Bats roost in new houses as well as old. You are most likely to notice bats in your property during the summertime as this is when they are most active. Bats are clean animals and will not damage your property.

What do bats eat

All our native British bats eat insects. Each species hunts its favourite type in its own way. Most insects are caught and eaten in flight, although sometimes bats will stop and hang up to eat larger prey. Flying uses up a lot of energy and bats eat huge numbers of insects every night. A common pipistrelle (our smallest bat) can eat more than 3000 tiny insects in just one night.

Are bats blind?

Contrary to popular belief bats can see, but as they are active at night their ears are more important. Bats use echolocation to navigate around obstacles in the dark and hunt their prey by shouting, and then listening for the echoes bouncing back to them. This is so effective that the bat can gather information on the size shape and direction of an insect in a fraction of a second.

Under threat

Bats are under threat and numbers have declined rapidly over the last century, which is the reason it is so important to protect them. Some of the main threats are:

• Loss of feeding habitats and flight lines such as hedgerows, woodlands and ponds
• Loss of insects to eat due to pesticides and intensive farming practices
• Roost destruction due to building and development without proper consideration of the species

What can you do?

All bats and their roosts are fully protected by law. Destroying a bat roost or foraging grounds could have devastating consequences for the local bat population, and could land you with a fine or even a jail sentence and some very bad publicity. Any works which could affect bats must be carried out under a European Protected Species licence issued by Natural England.

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Case Studies

Phase 2a for High Speed 2 (HS2)

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December 2016
Site: Phase 2a for High Speed 2 (HS2) - from the West Midlands to Crewe Client: Biocensus c/o Arup ##Project overview In spring 2016 UES were subcontracted ... more...

Reptile translocation in Gloucestershire

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September 2016
Site: Lydney, Gloucestershire Client: MMC Land and Regeneration ##Project overview UES was commissioned to produce a suite of ecological reports in order to ... more...

Protected species surveys in Lydney

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August 2016
Site: Lydney, Gloucestershire Client: MMC Land and Regeneration ##Project overview UES were instructed to carry out ecological surveys on a former golf cours... more...

Surveys in Hebburn, Northumberland

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March 2016
Site: Former shipyard in Hebburn, Northumberland Client: MMC2 Protected species / habitats: bats, birds, invertebrates, reptiles and saltmarsh ##Project over... more...

Bat scoping survey in Bidston, Wirral

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February 2016
Site: Bidston, Wirral Protected species: Bats ##Project overview UES were appointed by a local developer to undertake bat surveys of a house in the Bidston a... more...

Bat surveys of 31 schools across England

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February 2016
Site: 31 schools across England including Yorkshire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Greater London and Kent. Client: Education Funding A... more...

Bat & GCN surveys in Runcorn, Cheshire

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December 2015
Site: Runcorn, Cheshire Client: Cranford Estates Protected species: Great crested newts & bats ##Project overview UES carried out a preliminary ecological a... more...

Bat surveys of 6 schools in Nottinghamshire

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December 2015
Site: 6 schools in Nottinghamshire Client: Education Funding Agency and Kier Construction Protected species: Bats ##Project overview UES were commissioned b... more...

BLE maternity roost in Watlington

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November 2015
Site: Watlington, Oxfordshire Protected species: Bats ##Project overview UES carried out a bat scoping survey of a private residential dwelling in October 20... more...

Bat surveys in Colchester, Essex

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October 2015
Site: Colchester, Essex Client: Dishland Ltd Protected species: Bats ##Project overview UES were appointed by Dishland Ltd to undertake ecological surveys ... more...

Bat survey of Llandudno Police Station

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September 2015
Site: Llandudno Police Station, Conwy Client: North Wales Police Protected species: Bats and breeding birds ##Project overview UES were appointed by North W... more...

Bat & bird surveys of 85 houses in Wrexham

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September 2015
Site: 85 properties in Wrexham Client: Wrexham County Borough Council Protected species: Bats and breeding birds ##Project overview Wrexham Council commissi... more...

Bat surveys in Anfield, Liverpool

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August 2015
Site: Anfield, Liverpool Client: Liverpool City Council Protected species: Bats ##Project overview UES were appointed by Liverpool City Council to undertake... more...

Bat scoping survey of Lidl in Holyhead

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February 2015
Site: Lidl, Holyhead Client: Lidl UK GmbH Protected species: Bats ##Project overview UES were commissioned by Lidl in February 2015 to undertake a bat scopi... more...

European Protected Species Licence for Bats

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March 2013
UES is currently preparing a European Protected Species License application for bats issued by Natural England. The application is for the demolition and redeve... more...

Bat survey near Chester

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April 2012
A bat scoping survey and bird scoping survey of a farm building in Golborne, Cheshire was carried out by UES. Golborne is a small village south of Chester. T... more...

Bat survey in Wilmslow, Cheshire

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March 2012
UES have completed a bat survey and habitat survey of a property in Wilmslow, Cheshire. Bat surveys of the buildings on site consisting of initial building ins... more...

European Protected Species Licence - Bats

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February 2012
UES have recently completed a European Protected Species Licence application for a building in Oxfordshire. Bat surveys were conducted by UES in September 201... more...

Bat scoping surveys in Liverpool

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November 2011
UES have recently been commissioned to complete bat scoping surveys of 70 houses in Edge Hill, Liverpool for Powell Demolition and Builders Ltd. The houses are ... more...

Bat scoping survey in Lancashire

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November 2011
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 ... more...

Phase 1 Habitat Survey in Winchester

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November 2011
UES recently completed an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey of an old mill in Winchester. An Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey involves mapping the habitats on the ... more...

Bats and badgers in Buckinghamshire

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November 2011
UES conducted a full bat survey of a barn in Marlow, Buckinghamshire in September 2011. Our client plans to change the use of the barn from agricultural to a dw... more...

Bat and ecological survey in Swindon

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October 2011
UES recently completed a bat and ecological scoping survey of a farm in Swindon. Our client has plans to demolish a number of buildings on site and convert othe... more...

Bat survey in Cranage, Cheshire

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August 2011
UES have completed a bat presence/absence survey at a site in Cheshire. Our client intended to demolish a house and re build on the same plot. Bat surveys were ... more...

Extended phase 1 habitat survey in Deeside

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August 2011
UES have completed an extended phase 1 habitat survey of a site in Deeside, North Wales in order to inform the client of any potential impacts their development... more...

Bat scoping survey in High Wycombe

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July 2011
UES completed a bat scoping survey of St Francis Church in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. The bat scoping survey consisted of an external building inspection a... more...

Bat survey of nursing home in Staffordshire

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July 2011
UES recently completed a bat survey of a nursing home in Kings Bromley, Staffordshire. The bat survey consisted of a full internal building inspection and a ful... more...

Extended phase 1 survey in Oxfordshire

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June 2011
UES have completed an extended phase 1 habitat survey of a site in Oxfordshire in order to inform the client of any potential impacts their development would ha... more...

Bat scoping survey in Hale, Cheshire

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March 2011
UES have completed a bat scoping survey of a residential property in Hale, Cheshire. The property is in a poor state of repair and our client has plans to demo... more...

Bat scoping survey in Bootle, Liverpool

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February 2011
UES have completed a bat scoping survey of a small industrial site in Bootle near Liverpool. The bat scoping survey consisted of internal and external buildin... more...

Landscape design in Loughton, Essex

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January 2011
UES were commissioned in the winter of 2010 to carry out a Phase 1 habitat survey of a site in Loughton, Essex. The site which is in the grounds of a retirement... more...

Great crested newt trapping scheme

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November 2010
Project summary In 2008/09, UES were instructed to conduct a Great Crested Newt (GCN) mitigation scheme for Augean PLC at Slipe Clay pits in King’s Cliffe, n... more...

Bat mitigation measures Mobberley

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November 2010
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 ha... more...

Habitat creation for MMU Crewe

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November 2010
United Environmental Services were commissioned to design mitigation measures for birds and bats into the new sports science centre at Manchester Metropolitan U... more...

Breeam Habitat Survey, North Wales

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November 2010
UES were commissioned to conduct a Phase 1 Habitat Survey of a site in Mochdre, North Wales. The developer has plans to construct a small house on the site. The... more...

Breeam Habitat Survey in Birmingham

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November 2010
UES were commissioned to provide an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey of o high rise office complex near Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Survey is to provide informa... more...

Ecological surveys and advice in Congleton

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October 2010
In August 2010, United Utilities and their associated agents The Vinden Partnership applied for planning permission for slope stabilisation works adjacent the ... more...

Ecological Surveys near Nantwich in Cheshire

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October 2010
United Environmental Services were commissioned to carry out an Extended Phase 1 Habitat survey, bat surveys, barn owl surveys and to provide advice on any grea... more...

Bat survey in Timperley, Cheshire

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October 2010
United Environmental services were commissioned to carry out bat surveys of an industrial site in Timperley, Cheshire. The site consists of a series of large in... more...

National Bat Monitoring Program

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October 2010
United Environmental Services have participated in this years National Bat Monitoring Program (NBMP) which is organised by the Bat Conservation Trust. UES carri... more...

Aerial tree inspections

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October 2010
Bats often use cracks and holes in trees to roost. many bat surveyors will only inspect trees from ground level using binoculars. In some cases this is adequate... more...

Bat surveys using the Anabat system

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June 2010
Bats have evolved over millions of years in a way which has made it difficult for predators to find them. This is good for the survival of bats, but it makes fi... more...

Bat surveys near Holmes Chapel, Cheshire

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June 2010
We have recently completed a full bat survey at a property near Holmes Chapel in Cheshire. The property had been empty for over 18 months and was in a poor stat... more...

Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey Flintshire

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May 2010
United Environmental Services have completed an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey of a site near the town of Flint in North Wales. The site has been a dis-used br... more...

Extended Phase 1 habitat Survey Crewe

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May 2010
United Environmental Services were commissioned to carry out an Extended Phase 1 habitat survey of a farm building and its surrounding habitat Close to Hartingt... more...

Bat EPS Licence Berkshire

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April 2010
We are currently writing a European Protected Species Method statement for a development in Hurst near Reading in Berkshire. This follows on from bat surveys w... more...

Demolition of old mill buildings

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February 2010
United Environmental Services were commissioned to carry out bat surveys on a series of old mill buildings in Tunstall near stoke on Trent. The buildings on the... more...

Major Pipeline Survey

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January 2010
UES were commissioned by a Northwest based utilities company to carry out survey work for a major pipeline in the north west of England. ##Planning The propo... more...

Tarbock Hall Golf Course

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January 2010
Tarbock Hall is a 86 hectare parcel of land west of Liverpool. The land was used for agriculture until 2000 when it was sold to a team of developers who wanted ... more...