UES were appointed by Liverpool City Council to undertake bat surveys of a number of terraced houses, which are due to be demolished as part of the regeneration of Anfield, Liverpool. The project is led by a partnership of Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Football Club and Your Housing Group.
Bat presence / absence surveys can only be conducted during the bat survey season (May to September inclusive) and includes a building inspection and dusk / dawn surveys.
The building inspection concentrated on finding any evidence of use by bats in the building, and also any gaps or features which have the potential to be used by roosting bats.
The building was observed through the night by two suitably experienced and licenced bat surveyors using sophisticated bat detection equipment. The equipment picks up and records the ultrasound echolocation calls of the bats making species identification possible. The recorded calls can also be analysed at a later date in more detail.
A single Common pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) bat was recorded roosting on the site. A report detailing our findings and recommendations was produced together with photographs, GIS mapping and aerial photography in order to support the planning application.
UES have completed numerous surveys for Liverpool City Council since our initial instruction in 2013.