1.1 Aim of this document (Pág. 6)

To conserve bats effectively, and to meet national and international statutory obligations and agreements, bat surveys by qualified ecologists are sometimes necessary, and there is a clear need for standardisation. Until the first edition of ‘Bat Surveys: Good Practice Guidelines’ was published in 2007, there was uncertainty around the type of survey and level of survey effort needed, when to survey, and what consideration should be given to the habitat, time of year, geographical location and the species present or likely to be present in the prospective survey area. Since 2007, new developments in equipment, methods, and legislation have meant that revision of the bat survey guidelines is needed.

This updated document provides good practice guidance for those commissioning, undertaking or reviewing bat surveys throughout the UK. It is intended to enhance the standard and consistency of bat surveys and survey reports and ultimately lead to greater understanding of bats and improvements in their protection and conservation.
"The guidance should be interpreted and adapted on a case-by-case basis, according to the expert judgement of those involved. There is no substitute for knowledge and experience in survey planning, methodology and interpretation of findings, and these guidelines are intended to support these. Where examples are given they are descriptive rather than prescriptive."

  • Hundt, L. 2012. Bat Surveys: Good Practice Guidelines, 2nd Edition. Bat Conservation Trust. ISBN-13: 9781872745985. [PDF]

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