MAB Environment & Ecology Ltd carry out bat surveys and licence applications for development projects in Yorkshire, Humber and the North East. We also take on larger projects throughout England and Wales. Bat surveys range from simple presence/absence studies to complex European Protected Species licence applications, with Method Statement and Mitigation Proposals. We have five surveyors with Natural England licences to survey for bats in all English Counties, alongside a number of seasonal surveyors. We use a variety of technical equipment including time-expansion (Pettersson D240x) bat detectors with computer analysis software (Batsound). We use unmanned recorders with automated species analysis (Pettersson D500x recorders and Anabat bat detectors). We also survey trees for bat roosts and have tree climbing certification.

Using the European Protected Species licence system, by the end of 2016 we have obtained more than 75 licences for development projects where disturbance or destruction of bat roosts is inevitable. In all cases, mitigation and compensation plans have successfully replaced lost habitat and reduced direct impact on bats to negligible levels. Giles Manners is one of few consultant ecologists in the UK to be registered for use of the Bat Low Impact Class Licence.

Our philosophy is to reduce the requirement for expensive surveys and licences as much as we are able; unlike many larger consultancies, we focus on providing value for money and a pragmatic problem-solving approach. We ensure our clients are as unhindered as possible by wildlife legislation, while at the same time staying true to the principles of ecological protection and enhancement.

We currently take on around 250 bat surveys each year.

MAB Environment & Ecology Ltd, by working in the North East and Yorkshire for many years, have built up an indispensable knowledge of each Local Planning Authority’s methodology and standards for wildlife surveying. We also maintain good relationships with the local bat groups, the Bat Conservation Trust and Natural England, in order to get the best service for our clients.

Please contact us for a competitive quote and for the most professional service available in the area.