The original house; not the most beautiful piece of architecture in Somerset...If you look just below the gable, you an see the post-box entrance to a bat-box.Both the gables in view hold bat-boxes, but theyre hardly noticeable.A close-up of one of the prefabricated bat-boxes.The finished property; a marked improvement for the owner, and the bats!

Domestic Ecology Survey - Park Farm

We perform approximately 20 domestic surveys a year and have a dedicated team for this part of our business.

In the greater percentage of cases we encounter very little of note. However, every once in a while we do find a legally protected species and have to find ways in which the project can proceed within the law, to the satisfaction of the householder, Planning Authority and the species concerned.

Park Farm: The problem

Mr Fear bought Park Farm and wanted to beautify and enlarge the outdated and rather unattractive house. He employed expert planners; Lyndon Brett Partnership who advised him he would need an Ecology Survey to accompany the Planning Application.

On a recommendation from Lyndon Brett Partnership AEcol – Andrews Ecology Ltd were commissioned to perform the Ecology Survey.

On our first visit we discovered that two species of bats had been roosting in the house; old brown long-eared bat droppings were present in the roof-void, and pipistrelle bat droppings were found in an opening into the cavity-wall.

Further survey was therefore necessary.

Park Farm: The solution

We performed a status assessment survey of bats at the property in order to see how many were present and when. Using the results of our survey we were able to show that only low numbers were using the house, and they were only using it sporadically.

Having established the true status of bats we were able to advise the owner on modifications to the new construction that would allow the construction to continue without displacing or disturbing the bats. When we had a strategy that all parties were happy with, we approached Natural England (the government’s advisor on the natural environment) on the owner’s behalf in order to secure a licence that would allow the work to proceed within the law.

In fact, Mr Fear was very keen to keep the bats and built-in more then the usual accepted number of bat-roost features needed to off-set the existing roost-features, including three prefabricated bat-roost boxes into the gables and a bat-roost loft into the roof of a restored barn.

Work to complete the house is now in the final stages, and a very handsome house it is too.

 If you need an ecology survey to support your planning application, call us today on 01278 429290 for a no obligation quote. Alternatively email Henry Andrews at henry.andrews@aecol.co.uk