As September approaches, and the end of the bat survey season draws near, have you ensured that your site is compliant with BCT Good Practice Guidelines?
The second edition of the BCT Guidelines, published a year ago, provides a clear steer on the type of site likely to require a survey and the overall methodology that should be deployed. Also included within the guidelines is a planning and development ‘trigger list’ which explains the development circumstances likely to affect bats and hence require a bat survey.
Strict adherence to this list would suggest that bat surveys are required for most schemes. However, in July of this year Greengage were invited by the Charted Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) to comment on the second edition of the BCT guidelines as part of a consultation exercise. This will give us the opportunity to express the need for more pragmatism, where greater trust is placed in the ecologist’s professional judgment. Hopefully this will lead to a reduction in the number of unnecessary surveys that take place in future.
If you would like to discuss the bat conservation requirements in relation to any of your schemes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on: 0203 544 3991.