Applying for planning permission? As part of the planning process you may need to have a bat survey carried out on your site. In Ireland all of the nine confirmed resident bat species and their roosts are protected by Irish and EU law as all species have declined in numbers and some are endangered. It is an offence to deliberately capture, injure or kill a bat. In addition it is an offence to damage or destroy a place of shelter (roost) of a bat, regardless of whether bats are present or not. A bat roost is difficult to identify if you are unfamiliar with bat activity, it is therefore essential to have a scoping bat survey carried out before any works are carried out on a site.
Can bats stop a development?
It is very rare that bats will stop a development, however measures may be required to be incorporated into the project in order to allow bats to continue using the site after the completion of the development.
We carry out bat surveys throughout Ireland, these include scoping surveys which is a preliminary survey for roost sites. A scoping survey assesses the possibility of the presence of bats by doing a desk top study and a day time site visit. This can be carried out at any time of the year, but unless this survey conclusively dismisses the possibility of bats, a night time activity monitoring survey is necessary. The night time survey records bat activity on the site and can only be undertaken when climatic conditions are conductive to bat activity, ideally between May and October.
At Eire Ecology we specialise in bat surveys and with years of experience in completing small to large scale surveys, we have the knowledge, tools and personnel to see your project through to completion. John is an active council member of Bat Conservation Ireland, an organisation dedicated to the preservation of bat species in Ireland.