Coastal Partners carries out bat surveys to fully understand the impact our construction projects have on bat roosts and habitats suitable for foraging bats. Bats are protected under UK and EU laws and it is a requirement to understand if construction works will have an impact upon the species and avoid causing an impact, where possible, or if not to support a licence application
The data collected from bat surveys are analysed and an impact assessment is undertaken. Data can then be used to obtain a license, if required, from Natural England before any work proceeds. The data from the surveys are also shared with the county bat recorder and Biological Records Centre which is available for other parties considering undertaking work in the same areas.
Bat surveys are carried out using specialist equipment which detects bats. Different levels of bat surveys can be undertaken, including preliminary bat surveys, ground level inspections of trees and structures for potential bat roost features, emergency/re-entry surveys and bat activity surveys.
Coastal Partners specialist knowledge in carrying out bat surveys is central to its commitment to enhancing the natural environment.