Bat scoping survey in Bowdon Cheshire WA14

Today I completed a bat scoping survey in Bowdon Cheshire WA14. The survey is required, for planning permission. The house has no places likely to be used by bats, and no further surveys are needed. The survey report will be submitted with the planning application.

Bat scoping survey

The survey involved an internal and external inspection of the house. Bats often roost in small cracks and crevices in buildings. Under roof and ridge tiles, in cavity walls, and behind fascia boards. I didn’t find any droppings or other indicators that bats had been in the building. The house is constructed solidly, and well maintained. There are no gaps, which roosting bats could use. Habitat close by includes mature trees, connected gardens and hedgerows. Bowdon is close to The River Bollin, and areas of open countryside.


Bowdon is a town in Cheshire. Close to Altrincham, and Hale. The area surrounding these towns is predominantly rural and there are several large country estates locally. Such as Tatton Park and Dunham Massey. The estates have large mature trees, lakes and gardens. And provide a really good resource for bats. Bat surveys on these estates have found good numbers of bats roosting and foraging.

Bats often use rivers. To navigate, and to move between roosting habitat, and feeding areas. Daubenton’s bats spend most of their time, feeding low over the surface or rivers, and ponds. All bats need water to live. Rivers form wildlife corridors, which connect habitat features, for different kinds of wildlife. These corridors allow bats to move to different areas, depending on the time of year, and where seasonal food sources arise.

Survey outcome

There are no gaps, which roosting bats could use. No bat droppings were found, and so, bats are unlikely to roost in the property.

No further surveys are needed. I produced the survey report the following day. The report will be submitted for planning. The quick turnaround of the survey, and report, has minimised delay to the project.

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