Bat Surveys of Buildings at Lower House Farm


In January 2021 we were commissioned to undertake a bat survey, a Preliminary Roost Assessment, of buildings at Lower House Farm in Wiltshire to support a planning application.

Ecological Walkover Survey

The purpose of the survey was to determine the potential for protected species, in this case bats, to be using the site.

The survey comprised an initial bat survey, called a Preliminary Roost Assessment (PRA), was completed for the twelve buildings on Site. This assessed each building separately to confirm any evidence of bats and potential for bats to be using any part of the structure.  


Bats – The PRA assessment of the twelve buildings on site were:

  • Nine buildings recorded as having NEGLIGIBLE bat roost potential,
  • Two buildings recorded as having LOW bat roost potential, &
  • One building recorded as having MODERATE bat roost potential.

The nine buildings recorded as having NEGLIGIBLE bat roost potential required no further bat survey work.

The other three buildings required bat activity surveys to confirm whether bats were actively using them and if so, how bats were using them, these details would inform the proposed design for the project.

The two buildings recorded as having LOW bat roost potential were recommended to have a single bat activity survey each and the building recorded as having MODERATE bat roost potential was recommended to have two bat activity surveys.

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"We at Allen Planning Ltd have been using the services of Daniel Ahern Ecology for many years and we find the quality of their work excellent and very persuasive with local planning authorities and also the timing of their work from instruction to completion of reports is first class."

Tony Allen Planning Ltd

"Thank you for your prompt actions with the bat survey, I am pleased to say that full planning permission has been granted."

Malcolm, West Tytherley

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Steve Daniels, Site Agent, Britannia Construction Ltd

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