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Bat Surveys & The Law

The main triggers for an LPA to request a bat survey can include factors such as; the proximity of woodland, knowledge of local bat records, type or age of building, or the presence of mature trees proposed for removal.

 

The reason a bat survey may be required for a planning application is twofold:

 

  • Firstly, bats are a UK and EU protected species and it is a criminal offence to harm a bat or to damage, destroy or obstruct access to a bat breeding or resting place;
  • Secondly, all protected species are a material consideration for individual planning applications under the National Planning Policy Framework and therefore Local Planning Authorities are obliged to ensure protected species are not harmed as a result of development activities.

 

The maximum sentence for a bat offence is £5000 (which could be per animal harmed) or six months prison, not to mention the Public Relations issues. Therefore, by getting an ecologist in early, to conduct a bat survey or other ecology assessment, development related wildlife issues and related planning requirements can be resolved quickly.

 

It is important to take ecology issues such as bat surveys seriously and to get an ecologist in early, to prevent disappointing delays or unforeseen expenses.

 

Initial bat surveys can be conducted at any time of year, though dusk and dawn bat surveys can only be conducted when bats are active, between May until September.

 

For further information on other ecology surveys we provide please see our main website at www.skilledecology.co.uk

 

Professional bat surveys, bat survey reports and bat mitigation services throughout the UK by Skilled Ecology Consultancy. Based on the border of Suffolk and Essex; we offer a complete bat survey and bat mitigation services including full reports tailored for developers and designed to satisfy the requirements of Local Planning Authorities based on up-to-date bat survey guidelines.