Shropshire

Shropshire Bat Surveys

2017 was busy year for our Shropshire bat ecologists!

Our team completed in excess of 50 bat surveys to inform planning applications, with surveys of many structures undertaken including a number of primary schools, hotels, factories, a public house, farm complexes, barns and house redevelopments. BiOME also completed static monitoring and transect surveys at a number of wind farm sites in Wales.

Our specialist team of tree climbing bat surveyors in Shropshire assisted developers with the surveys of trees to be impacted by developments in rural and urban locations as well as monitoring bat boxes erected as part of mitigation schemes.

During these surveys numerous bats were encountered and roosts identified, which resulted in the production and submission of over 20 European Protected Species bat mitigation licence applications.

We also continued to monitor a colony of Lesser Horseshoe Bats, first identified by our surveyors in 2016, which considerably expanded the known range of this species in Shropshire.

We look forward to another successful year in 2018 supporting clients in Shropshire, and beyond. If you require ecological support in Shropshire please contact Martyn Owen.

Common Pipistrelle droppings within a roof void

Shropshire Ecological Surveys

2016 proved to be a good year for our team of Shropshire based ecologists.

BiOME completed in excess of 20 bat surveys in Shropshire to inform planning applications, with surveys of many structures undertaken, from abandoned train tunnels to proposed barn conversions and house redevelopments. Our specialist team of tree climbing bat surveyors in Shropshire also assisted developers with the monitoring of bat boxes erected as part of mitigation schemes and the assessment of potential roost features in trees for evidence of bats. During these surveys numerous bats were encountered, with the most noteworthy observation being the discovery of a previously unknown colony of Lesser Horseshoe Bats. This record considerably expanded the known range of this species in Shropshire.

Extended Phase 1 Habitat surveys in Shropshire were completed at a variety of locations and in relation to a number of development types. We were particularly pleased to be able to offer our support to assist a local cricket club achieve planning permission for a new ground. To inform this planning application Badger surveys, Otter surveys, breeding bird surveys and a Barn Owl survey were completed, with subsequent ecological impact assessment. This new ground will offer children in the local community an opportunity to enjoy cricket in a rural setting.

Great Crested Newt surveys were completed in the north and south of the county, with newts encountered at a number of sites.

We look forward to another successful year in 2017 supporting clients in Shropshire, and beyond.

Glacial wetland habitat restoration

Wetland habitat restoration at a glacial kettle-hole site - an introduction

We have been working with an estate in south Shropshire completing habitat restoration works at a wetland site that is important both geologically and biologically (a former Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)). Kettle-holes are shallow, sediment-filled bodies of water formed by retreating glaciers (more information here). 

Recent works have included the creation of muddy edge habitat that will benefit the local breeding population of Lapwings Vanellus vanellus that forage at the site, passage wader species including Greenshank Tringa nebularia, Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus, Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos and Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius, in addition to large wintering populations of Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago and Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus.

Future works will include tackling the increasingly dominant New Zealand Pygmy-weed Crassula helmsii, an invasive species which is unfortunately finding the conditions on site very much in its favour, the reduction of encroaching trees to benefit ground-nesting wetland bird species and the installation of bat/bird boxes.

There will be much more about our work at this site to follow in future blog-posts.