All bat species found in Scotland are classed as European Protected Species and are fully protected under the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994 (as amended). Where an assessment for bats is required, a variety of surveys can be provided, including:
Dusk and dawn emergence surveys for buildings and trees
Licensed internal and external building inspections and mititgation works
Tree climbing surveys by licensed and qualified surveyors
Remote activity monitoring using static bat detectors
Bat call ID analysis
Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) for building demolitions and tree felling activities
Surveys can be assessed and planned on a site by site basis to meet individual requirements. Bat survey experience includes involvement in a number of high profile development projects such as the new Forth Replacement Bridge Crossing and Borders Railway reinstatement, in addition to a range of residential, wind farm, road, bridge and hydro-electric schemes.
Surveys for other protected species in Scotland can also be provided, including for the following species: otter, water vole, badger, pine marten and red squirrel.
Preliminary Ecological Constraints Surveys and Phase 1 Habitat Surveys (including Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys) can be provided and are undertaken in conjunction with a network of experienced botanical surveyors.