How long will a preliminary roost assessment take?
A PRA bat survey of a standard house will take up to two hours, depending on the size of the building, its features, and how easy it is for our bat surveyor to access the loft.
Traditional barns may take longer to survey, as each timber crevice may need to be inspected with an endoscope. More complicated structures, such as hospital complexes or a block of flats may take several days.
How much does a bat survey cost?
We will provide a fixed fee for the initial bat survey. The cost will depend on the size of the site and it’s location from our closest base. Our prices also include a detailed report, aimed at supporting your project through planning. Prices start from £350.
Can anyone do my bat survey?
No – a lot of experience goes into assessing a structure correctly. Ecologists are typically educated in ecology or a related field to BSc. level or higher, and have years of on the job training. Also it is unlawful to disturb bats in a roost, so in most cases the surveyor needs a licence to enter roosts.
Why are bats protected?
All species of bat in the UK are protected by law because of dramatic population declines over the last century. The decline is due to changes in farming practice leading to loss of feeding habitats and flight lines, changes to woodland management and development affecting roosts.
Some species have adapted to on urban environments, where they roost in buildings and forage in parks and gardens.
The protection aims to reduce or halt loss of roost sites, which is part of the conservation effort to protect these species.