Protected Species | Bats

Bat work is a genuine strength at Peak Ecology; we have an in-house team of licensed bat ecologists. Together our licences cover us for survey work in England, Scotland and Wales. 

We also have several approved freelance bat specialists close at hand to draw upon when required.
All bat species in the UK are protected by UK and European law making it a legal offence to: Deliberately capture, injure or kill bats; Intentionally or recklessly disturb bats; Intentionally or recklessly damage, destroy or obscure access to a breeding site or resting place; Possess, control, transport, sell or exchange a bat or any part of a bat, unless acquired legally.

The combined experience of our bat consultants means we can offer a wide range of services and we pride ourselves on the wide diversity of our bat projects.

We have a strong project base in the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire and the East Midlands (Peak District Bat Surveys), where we carry out scores of small bat surveys each year, but we continue to grow our project base elsewhere, particularly in Scotland. For example in 2012 we have carried out bat projects in Dumfries and Galloway, the Central Belt, Moray and Aberdeenshire and North Highland.  Examples include surveys carried out to help gain planning consent for building renovations and barn conversions or the erection of wind farms and single wind turbine projects.

In addition to these smaller projects, we have experience of running genuinely large-scale projects with all the associated logistical challenges, for example, on pipelines, onshore wind farms, onshore electrical connections for offshore wind farms, and new housing projects. We use a variety of specialised equipment including ultrasound bat detectors (AnaBat, Wildlife Acoustics EM3/SM2, Batbox Duet), endoscopes and night vision equipment. We also regularly use DNA analysis to identify bat droppings to species.

A  summary of the type of bat work we undertake can be seen below:

  • Domestic properties and barn surveys
  • Mitigation plans and method statements
  • Dusk and dawn activity surveys
  • Tree climbing inspections
  • Church surveys
  • Hibernacula surveys (including caves)
  • Bat sound analysis
  • DNA analysis
  • Tree inspections
  • Wind farm & other renewable energy based studies
  • EPS mitigation license preparation
  • Building inspection surveys
  • Transect work (including walked, driven and boat-based surveys)
  • Bridge and tunnel inspections
  • Remote automated bat detector studies Including use of Anabat and SM2 detectors)
  • Radio-tracking studies

If you are interested in any of our services, don’t hesitate to contact us >>

Bats | Case Study

Case Study 1 >>

South Wales Canal – Culvert Surveys

A section of canal in South Wales had breached where an under canal culvert had collapsed. Surveys of numerous under canal culverts were undertaken. Working with a specialist company with remote operated CCTV equipment we surveyed for bats in the culverts. Plans were to blast out culverts where required with high pressure water and re-line them to prevent future breaches.

On finding small numbers of lesser horseshoe bats within some culverts, further activity and remote surveys were carried out through the seasons to assess how the bats were using the culverts.

Small numbers of these bats used the culverts as hibernation and night roosts. A mitigation strategy was devised, but ultimately all the culverts containing bats were deemed secure by the engineers and therefore no re-lining works were required and the roosts were left in peace.

Case Study 2 >>

Lake District Hotel

We were recently commissioned to undertake bat surveys at a hotel on the banks of Lake Windermere in the Lake District where some modifications and development is proposed. Initial survey work was undertaken late in the season so activity surveys were not possible at the time; these are scheduled to be undertaken in 2013. Works are on-going and remote bat detectors have been employed in the barn to monitor any bat activity and temperature and humidity fluctuations in various locations through the winter months.

A novel approach was undertaken with regard to the installation of the bat detectors when it was discovered that the microphone cables which we mounted on the gable ends of the barn were in nibble-reach of a pair of goats!

The cable had to be made goat proof! Improvisation was required and we used materials at hand such as metal tubes and reinforced garden hose to do this, successfully prevented goat damage for the critical survey period.