Tree Climbing

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

Bats and Trees

In January 2016 the Bat Conservation Trust released its third update of Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists: Good Practice Guidelines; this being the essential guidance for professional bat ecologists. The updated document includes a number of new sections and chapters, one of which is ‘Bat roost inspection surveys for trees’. Bat surveys of trees are necessary where development proposals include tree felling or lopping where bats or their roosts could be directly impacted, if present. Surveys may also be needed in circumstances where an indirect impact is possible (e.g. through lighting).

The survey method is a staged process starting with a preliminary ground level roost inspection, which may be followed by a Potential Roost Feature inspection, presence/likely absence and/or roost characterisation surveys.

In 2015 members of the BiOME team completed the City & Guilds NPTC course Level 2 award in Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue. This qualification, along with the team members relevant bat survey/disturbance licences, allowed BiOME to complete bat roost surveys of trees at a number of sites for clients across the UK.

Photo:  Using and endoscope to survey the cavity within a rot hole

Photo: Using and endoscope to survey the cavity within a rot hole

Photo:  A single bat dropping within the above rot hole

Photo: A single bat dropping within the above rot hole