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Do you need a bat survey to support your planning application?

Maybe your local planning authority has asked you to do a bat survey when you had already submitted your planning application.


Or maybe you know your project will involve working on a house that is quite old, or is in the countryside, or has features that make it more attractive to bats - or a combination of all of these.


What does that mean for you?


A full run-through of what a typical bat survey would involve can be found here, as well as answers to questions such as how much does a bat survey cost?, and why do I need a bat survey?


But briefly speaking, a full survey involves a combination of day-time visual inspections of the affected building(s), possibly followed up with usually between one and three evening or dawn visits with specialist bat detectors, recorders, and infra red cameras to identify and monitor bat use.


This allows us to gather the right information to be able to write a report that would satisfy the local planning authority.


We would be more than happy to discuss your project with you and send you a no-obligation quote for our services.  You can simply fill in the form on this page (or our contacts page), or email us at [email protected].  If you include any photos or plans of your project when you submit the form or with your email, we can get a better idea of the likely level of work and costs.


And if you are unsure about anything, we are always happy to chat about bats and planning!

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*** Winter Update ***


Some wildlife surveys can only be done at certain times of the year. If you have been asked by your local Council to provide a bat survey to support your planning application, we are able to do a visual survey of your site (sometimes called a Preliminary Roost Assessment, or a Phase 1 survey). But, if this finds that further surveys are needed (dusk / dawn surveys, sometimes called Phase 2 surveys) then these can only be started between May and August. Please do contact us for more information on this, and check out our main bat page for more info.