Bat survey of a building in Sale Manchester M33

Today I completed a bat survey of a building in Sale Manchester M33. The building will be demolished. A new house will be built. A bat survey report is required by the local planning authority. Bat presence – absence surveys are needed, as there are gaps which could be used by roosting bats. Planning can’t be determined without the survey report, because bats and their roosts are legally protected.

Bat survey

The bat scoping survey involved an internal and external inspection of the building. To look for any bat droppings, or other signs that bats have been using the building. In buildings, bats often roost, in small cracks and crevices, 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 inside the building.


There are less bats in urban and sub-urban areas, than in areas of woodland, and countryside. Because the habitat is less suitable, and there is more disturbance. However, good foraging habitat, is provided by: linked back gardens, tree lined streets, and even road and railway embankments. And bats use these areas of green space to feed. And often roost in buildings, close by.

Survey outcome

The building has gaps which could be used by roosting bats. Bat presence – absence surveys are required.  Surveyors will stand and watch at dusk and dawn, to record any bats leaving, or coming back into the building. Bat detectors will be used to record the echolocation calls of bats. The calls are then analysed to find out what type of bats are in the area. The details of the survey will be provided in a written report, which can be submitted to planning.

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