Aluco Ecology  

Survey - Planning Solutions - Implementation

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Lesser horseshoe Bat Rhinolophus hipposideros 

In a purpose built loft space for a development in Oxfordshire

Bats in Buildings


All bats are protected under UK and European law.  If you have a building, structure or a site where there may be potential for roosting bats it is likely that your Local Council will require you to undertake a bat survey, if you are intending to submit a Planning Application for alteration of the building or site.
We have been undertaking Bat Surveys to inform Planning Applications for both individual buildings, and small to large development sites for over 15 years.  We have worked with and recorded most species of bat resident in the UK, including rare species such as Horseshoe Bats.



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Sonogram of a Common Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus

Bats Surveys


We have a range of survey equipment (Petersons, SM2s, Bat Box Duets, Anabats & Dataloggers) and the latest bat sound analysis techniques to provide an individually tailored survey package for a client's needs.   This enables us to focus in on how best to undertake a survey to provide accurate data that can be used to inform your Planning Application, or method statement for a Licence Application (see below).



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Removing tiles from the roof of a Dwelling where bats have been recorded

Carried out under a European Protected Species Licence

Getting a Bat Licence for a Development Project


Once you have sufficient survey data, the next step is to understand the likely impacts of the proposed works on bats and bat roosts.
Weundertake this assessment work, and recommend suitable mitigation measures so that your project is able to gain planning permission.
If your project is going to disturb a bat roost, you will need to also apply for a European Protected Species Licence (EPSL).  This will allow you, under a drafted and agreed working method statement, to undertake the construction works.
Our ecologists can also prepare a method statement and help you apply for a Licence.
We are now also able to offer the new Bat Low Impact Licence option if the survey results indicate the scheme would qualify.