Bats

Bat surveys in Surrey and across Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire

Current Status and Why They Are Protected

All bat species and their roosts are protected under UK AND European Law and it is an offence to kill, injure, capture or disturb them or to damage, destroy or obstruct their roosts.

All 18 species of bat in the UK are protected. Bat populations are threatened by loss and fragmentation of natural hedgerow, woodland and pond habitats; loss of food due to pesticide use and intensive agriculture and loss of roosting space due to development.

If you are looking for a low cost bat survey in Surrey, Sussex, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Devon or Dorset, you have come to the right place. Darwin Ecology Ltd offer bat surveys at very affordable prices for a range of residential and commercial developers. 

Get a bat licence in 10 days!

Director Mike Cummings is a registered bat consultant with Natural England and is therefore authorised to use the Bat Low Impact Class Licence (BLICL) system. Following emergence surveys it is possible to register a site for this system in only 10 days which is a fast and cost effect way to progress licensable works to bat roosts when low numbers of common species are present. You will still need to undertake scoping and activity surveys prior to this, contact us now.
Building and build structure inspections

What we offer

  • We survey throughout the South, South-West and The Midlands
  • Bat Building Assessment Surveys from £300+ VAT
  • High quality reports guaranteed to satisfy planning
  • Fast turn around within 7-14
  • Reliable, experienced, bat licensed ecologists
  • Call us now for more information: 07748 843 842
Recording and analysis of bat cells

Darwin Ecology Bat Services:

  • Building and built structure inspections and assessments
  • Emergence surveys
  • Tree inspections and assessments
  • Bat activity surveys
  • Recording and analysis of bat calls
  • Bat mitigation design
  • European Protected Species Licence applications
  • Watching briefs and supervision

Bat Surveys












Bat surveys are subject to seasonal constraints and it is recommended that all potential bat work is undertaken at an early stage of your works to avoid delays in the development. Use our calendar above to help you plan your works schedule.

Bat surveys often occur in stages. There is the initial inspection of any building, tree or other potential feature that could be impacted be the proposed development which involves a search for physical evidence of bat presence such as live bats, droppings and feeding remains. Find out more about our bat tree climbing inspections here.

The next stage takes place if evidence of bats is found or if the ecologist suspects bats are roosting on site, this take the form of seasonally constrained emergence and re-entry surveys (dusk and dawn surveys). The surveys generally take place to coincide with the main periods of bat activity; May-September inclusive. These surveys determine the species and numbers of bats present, the location of access points and the exact roosting locations of bats on site. These surveys are also important to confirm whether bats are not using a site. Our ecologists operate a range of equipment to assist bat activity surveys on small and large scale projects. We are equipped with high-tech electronic bat detectors and automated bat survey and recording equipment.

Recording and analysis of bat cells

Mitigation & Licensing









Mitigation requires a tailored approach to ensure that development needs and requirements of UK planning applications are met.

Licences are required to permit activities relating to bats and their roost sites if the development is likely to result in an adverse impact on bats and the works are likely to result in an offence. In England, survey licences are issued by Natural England.

Darwin Ecology has successfully applied for numerous licences on behalf of developers across the UK, with a 100% approval success rate from Natural England.

More information can be found on our Bat Licensing and Mitigation Procedure page.

For more information on bat surveys across Surrey, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, contact us now.

Southern Office - Farnham, Surrey

Helen Cavilla
Ecologist
01252 449 512
07701 370 762
helen@darwin-ecology.co.uk

Laura Ashford
Ecologist
01252 449 512
07525 134 803
laura@darwin-ecology.co.uk

South West Office - Shaftesbury

Michael Cummings
Director
01252 449 512
07748 843 842
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