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Tree climbing bat surveys

Tree climbing bat surveys

We have a team of bat licensed tree climbers at hand to survey trees for bat roosts.

Senior ecologist Adam tree climbing. ©Adam Day

Following a preliminary inspection from the ground, our tree climbing team can carry out detailed inspections of roost features within trees, that would otherwise be inaccessible. They are well versed in recognising signs of bat usage in trees, and will evaluate each feature according to its potential for a bat to use it to roost there.

Lead field ecologist Pete tree climbing. ©Pete Duffy

Bats can roost in a variety of features within a tree including cavities, splits and tear outs, woodpecker holes, and knots as well as lifting and flaking bark. Some of these potential roost features can be examined using an endoscope. Further surveys of features may be required such as presence/absence surveys (dusk emergence / dawn re-entry).

Common pipistrelle roosting within a cavity of a dead branch on an oak tree. ©Pete Duffy/Alex Sinclair

We also regularly check bat boxes as part of on-going mitigation works.

Senior ecologist Adam checking bat boxes. ©Adam Day

Our team of tree climbing bat surveyors are well trained, qualified and experienced in tree climbing, as well as aerial rescue. They hold Natural England bat licences.

 

If you a require tree climbing bat survey, please contact us.

 

 

Useful further information

Bat Tree Habitat Key (2018). Bat Roosts in Trees – A Guide to Identification and Assessment for Tree-Care and Ecology Professionals. Pelagic Publishing, Exeter.

 

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