Harmil Environmental's team of expert ecologists have extensive experience in undertaking bat surveys and producing professional and comprehensive ecological reports required to meet planning conditions.
Working throughout the UK, we have worked on a wide range of projects throughout the UK and continue to work with private clients, architects, developers and local authorities. Our aim is to make developments proceed as smoothly as possible whilst working under the jurisdiction of the wildlife laws.
When do I need a Bat Survey?
All bats are protected by law within the United Kingdom through the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act (as amended) and the Conservation (Natural Habitats, & c.) Regulations 1994 (as amended).
Therefore, prior to any development, bats are required to be considered prior to the approval of planning. They can be found using all types of features within our landscape including; trees, buildings, bridges, caves, cliffs, mines and other structures (such as stone walls and old WWII Defences). They use these features for different types of roosts and are used for shelter, protection and breeding sites. They can use a feature so long as it has a crack, crevice or hole as small as your thumb!
How can Harmil help?
Harmil Environmental's ecologists are licensed to carry out bat surveys anywhere in the UK with prices starting from as low as £250.
We offer bat surveys at competitive prices and follow the survey guidelines set out by the Bat Conservation Trust. The surveys are undertaken by the appropriate licenced individuals across England, Scotland and Wales. They are undertaken on any potential bat habitat and include:
• Roost Scoping Surveys – Initial inspections to outline bat potential on a site and to examine whether further survey effort is required.
• Roost Activity Surveys – Surveys to examine what species use the site and for what purpose.
• Hibernation Surveys – To analyse a site to see if any hibernating bats are present (No hibernating bats are disturbed during the surveys).
What if I have Bats?
Don't worry! If you have bats, this doesn't mean the project will be stopped. At Harmil, we have experience in devising and implementing appropriate mitigation and compensation measures, including Natural England development licences.
We always aim to offer a fast, professional and friendly service at competitive prices. We work with our clients to provide common sense solutions and we will never stop a development, just work around protected species to ensure that no wildlife laws are broken!