The quality of Hampshire’s landscape is reflected in the extent of nationally important protected areBat Surveys
A Bat Survey is ordinarily triggered when there is to be:
Ordinarily, the form of initial survey required is a 'scoping survey' designed to investigate the presence of bats and / or the potential presence of bats. This is often in association with a survey for nesting birds.
The outcome of the scoping survey dictates the next course of action:
Emergence surveys are intended to prove that the building is or is not a bat roost. If bats are recorded, the survey records the access / exit point used by the bats, the numbers and species present. A decision is then taken on how to proceed. This could mean a Mitigation - Method Statement or an Natural England European Protected species Licence (EPSL). The exact requirements are dealt with on a case by case basis.
It is important to note that the majority of Ecological Consultancies are unable to obtain Mitigation Licences from Natural England - We are able to offer this service for Bats, Dormice and Great Crested Newts.
We will rarely consider writing an EPSL application based on the survey work of another ecologist. Please consider the implications of appointing an ecologist who cannot provide the full service.
Activity surveys are often required where development is to take place in a previousy undeveloped area such as agricultural fields or brown field site which has reverted back to a more natural state.
Each site is individually rated as either:
Low Habitat Value
– One Visit Per Season (April – May / June – August / September – October) +
Five nights automated recording per season
Moderate Habitat Value
– One Visit Per Month (April – October) +
Five nights automated recording per month
High Habitat Value
– Two Visits Per Month (April – October) +
Two automated recorders (ten nights) per month
The objective of the survey is to ascertain what if any bat species frequent the area and thus devise an appropriate mitigation scheme to ensure that bats using the site, are not impacted by the proposals.
Survey effort is normally conducted in accordance with Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) guidelines or upon the guidance of the LPA Ecologist.
Bat Roost Potential in Trees
As both ecologists and arborists we are able to undertake surveys of trees to ascertain the presence or otherwise of bat roosts.
There are a number of approaches, which we would be happy to discuss.
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Please call us on 0800 888 6846 / 07736 458609
as within the county. Hampshire has
one National Park and four Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) covering a total area of about 175,000 hectares or
about 47% of the County. There are also a number of Special Areas of Conservation (SAC’s) such as Butser Hill, Emer bog and the East Hampshire
Hangers within the county.
In addition there are also numerous Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). Over 100 are designated because of their biological value whilst a small number are also designated for their geological value. A few are designated for both.
What are Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas?
What is an AONB?
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a landscape which is considered extremely valuable and because of this it is protected for the nation. The criteria for designating an AONB include valuable wildlife, habitats, geology and heritage, as well as scenic views.
Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB covers 380 square miles of countryside overlapping the boundaries of Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset. It is a diverse landscape offering areas of rolling chalk grassland, ancient woodlands, chalk escarpments, down-land hillsides and chalk river valleys each with a distinct and recognisable character. The landscapes of this AONB today, as they were in the past, are extraordinarily rich.
The North Wessex Downs AONB, is a unique and spectacular landscape that includes tranquil open down land, ancient woodland and chalk streams in the centre of southern England.
The South Downs area of AONB, is home to working communities steeped in history and traditional English culture, from the ancient cathedral city of Winchester in the west to the bustling market town of Lewes in the east.
Chichester Harbour AONB, offering a range of coastal habitats to both human and non-human residents and seasonal migrants.
The New Forest National Park
Scenically beautiful, and also home to many national rare and endangered species such as the smooth snake and sand lizard, the jewel in the crown of Hampshire is arguably The New Forest. Shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free, the forest is a mosaic of diverse habitats
From Ringwood to Chichester Harbour and from Portsmouth to Andover and beyond to Basingstoke, not forgetting of course, the former capital of England, the beautiful city of Winchester, Hampshire is unquestionably a beautiful and diverse county with large swathes worth protecting.