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Bat Surveys in Scotland
The Wildlife Survey Unit are very experienced in providing bat surveys and advice to clients in relation to bats. We have experience with all the regularly occurring British species, including rarer bats such as Barbastelle and Nathusius Pipistrelle. We are licensed by SNH to undertake bat surveys across all counties of Scotland for roosts during the breeding season and during the hibernation season.
We regularly undertake bat surveys throughout Scotland, including the Highlands, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Argyll, Perthshire, Angus, Dumfries and Galloway, Orkney and the Central belt. We have a proven track record of obtaining EPS licences for works affecting roosts.
There are 18 bat species in Britain and all are legally protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and the Habitat Regulations 1994. Collectively these pieces of legislation mean that it is illegal to deliberately capture, injure or kill a bat or intentionally disturb an individual bat or group of bats or destroy a roost.
We offer a wide range of bat surveys, depending on the clients need, whether it be a survey of a residential property ahead of a planning application or whether it is a baseline surveys prior to an application for a proposed wind farm.
We offer the following services:
All standard survey methodologies follow those found in the Bat Conservation Trust's Bat Survey: Good Practice Guidelines 2nd Edition and the JNCC's Bat Workers Manual.