Bat survey of a church in Middleton M24
I carried out a bat survey of a church in Middleton M24 today. The church is in need of repair. Bat presence – absence surveys are required, as the building is suitable for roosting bats. The planning application requires a bat survey report; as bats are a material consideration of planning.
I completed a detailed internal and external inspection of the church. The building is Grade I listed. Bats roost in tiny crevices. In churches these can be beneath roof tiles, between stonework, and underneath wooden cladding.
Roosting bats are more likely to use buildings, which are close to good bat habitat. Bats use hedgerows, trees, ponds, rivers and gardens to feed on insects in flight. Lighting and human activity can affect the level of activity. Bat survey reports look at habitat for this reason.
The church is more than 900 years old. Good quality habitat, including mature trees, and areas of green space, surround the building. The church building has bat droppings in the tower. And roosting bats could use several areas of the building. This is to be expected, as the building has been there for so many years.
The presence – absence surveys will establish the current use of the building. Bat droppings are not current evidence of use. If bats are using the church, the surveys will confirm the type of bats, the number of bats, and the exact location of the roost. Bats will be protected during the works.
The surveys will enable works to go ahead. Bats will be protected. The risk of the work being stopped, will be reduced.
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