Bat Surveys

Rocket Ecology hold specialist licences (see our team page) to allow them to assess structures and trees for potential roosts so can help with any surveys you may need for your site.

All bats and their roosts are protected under UK and European legislation, making it an offence to intentionally or recklessly kill, injure handle or capture a bat, or damage, block or obstruct anywhere a bat uses as a roost. A lot of development work has the potential to damage or disturb bats in their roosts, which are protected all year long and used for many different purposes, roosts are protected whether the bat is currently present or not.

Step one:
Preliminary Roost Assessment

This first stage of assessment is used to determine whether a structure or tree could provide suitable roosting opportunities for bats, and what the impact would be from development on the site. From this assessment Rocket Ecology can determine the level of appropriate surveys, in line with the Bat Conservation Trust Guidelines, for your development.

A Preliminary Roost Assessment involves an external and internal inspection of the structure (or tree) using high powered torches, binoculars and endoscopes used by our licenced ecologists. Our ecologists will search for any access points, gaps or crevices that could be used by roosting bats. Signs to look out for can include bat droppings, staining, urine splashes, the bats themselves and feeding remains such as butterfly wings. This assessment can be undertaken at any time of year, and we advise this is undertaken early in the development process to ensure there is time to undertake any follow-up surveys required.

Step two:
Emergence and Pre-dawn Surveys

To determine how your building, structure or tree is being used by bats a series of evening and or pre-dawn surveys are undertaken using specialist detectors to record emerging or returning bats.

Step three:
Gaining a Licence

If surveys show you have bats on your site then you will need a licence from Natural England or NatureScot to destroy, modify or disturb any roost found.

Browse our full range of Protected Species Surveys:

Water Vole Surveys

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Bat Surveys

Identifying the presence and monitoring the behaviour of bats through techniques such as direct observation, sound detection and genetic sampling.

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Badger Surveys

Badgers surveys are used to identify and protect badger populations, helping to ensure that these protected species continue to thrive.

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Bird Surveys

Birds are an integral part of our ecosystem. They control insect populations and spread seeds, which helps to keep our environment healthy.

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Newt Surveys

By monitoring newt populations and identifying threats to their survival, we can help to ensure that newts continue to thrive in the wild.

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Reptile Surveys

Reptiles can be found in lots of different habitat including grassland, heathland, scrub and woodland.

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Otter Surveys

Otter surveys help protect otter populations by monitoring abundance and distribution, identifying threats and promoting conversation.

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Ecological surveys, management & support for development projects of any size & scope

We provide comprehensive surveys utilising traditional and modern technologies, prioritising accuracy, safety, and cost-effectiveness. Our experienced team ensures project completion to the highest standard, regardless of size or scope.

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