Wicken Bonhunt, Essex

Project Description
Practical Ecology Ltd was commissioned by Liddicoat and Goldhill LLP to carry out great crested newt surveys and provide advice with regards to bats. 

Project Challenges
An Extended Phase 1 Habitat survey carried out by another ecological consultancy recommended bat activity surveys should be carried out to several mature trees on the site boundary which had suitable features. This survey would have potentially delayed the project and cost an additional £2,000. As the trees were not proposed to be affected by the development, Practical Ecology Ltd consulted with the local planning authority and agreed that if a roost was assumed to be present, rather than carrying out surveys to confirm this, the development could go ahead under a precautionary method of works.  We then produced this document to outline control measures for bats such as fencing around the trees with bat potential and not working with an hour of dusk and dawn. This prevented delays to the project and avoided the cost of activity surveys for the client.