The team at Inspired Ecology have experience of surveying many structures for roosting bats, but we have gained particular expertise in conducting surveys of historic buildings.
Bats routinely roost within historic and traditional buildings as they often offer lots of suitable roosting features for bats as a result of their age and design. Similarly, they often provide lots of entry points for bats to gain access to buildings.
With the appropriate protections, the management of these buildings can be beneficial both to the buildings and the bats that roost there. At Inspired Ecology, we are experienced in conducting sensitive surveys within various kinds of historic and traditional buildings and are able to provide expert advice on how to move forward whilst protecting bats and their roosts.
Being large buildings with stable temperatures and many suitable niches and access points, churches provide important roosting opportunities for bats. Often, churches are also surrounded by good foraging habitat for bats, which makes the buildings even better for bats to roost in. Some estimates suggest that over 60% of pre-16th century churches in England could have bat roosts in the summer months.
So important are churches as roosts for bats, that the Bats in Churches project was formed, as a partnership between Natural England, the Church of England, Historic England, the Bat Conservation Trust and the Churches Conservation Trust. The Bats in Churches project works with over 100 churches across England to find bespoke, sustainable solutions and safeguard bat roosts for the future. Inspired Ecology have worked in close partnership with the Bats in Churches project for a number of years. You can find out more from the Bats in Churches website.
The Inspired Ecology team have been involved in works at many churches, including at the Collegiate Church of Holy Trinity in Tattershall, which is home to maternity roosts of two species, totalling over 800 bats. We have also worked with clients such as The Churches Conservation Trust, providing advice with respect to bats as part of maintenance and restoration works. We have also been consulted with respect to conversions of smaller churches and chapels for residential use.
Historic estates, manor houses and other listed buildings also provide excellent opportunities for roosting bats. Traditional management of the grounds within large estates can also provide excellent foraging and commuting habitat for bats within close proximity of roosts. We regularly work with organisations who are responsible for managing and maintaining these buildings and estates, including the Grimsthorpe and Drummond Castle Trust, Lincoln Castle and Harlaxton College.
More information about bats and historic buildings is available from Historic England.
If you think that your project might impact upon bats or other protected species in an historic building, then contact Inspired Ecology today to see how we can help.
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Why use Inspired Ecology?
Inspired Ecology Ltd are a team of experienced ecologists with complementary expertise that can provide complete ecological solutions for your project.
Practical experience in the use of advanced technological species surveying equipment
Wide knowledge and expertise in theoretical and practical field skills suitable for a range of flora and fauna
As a small company with a distinguished reputation within the sector, we assure the highest standard of customer service and efficiency tailored towards your ecology needs
Over 15 years of experience in the ecological sector with personnel holding relevant degrees and/or membership of appropriate professional bodies