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We are a specialist bat consultancy. The ecological consultancy practices established by Dr Peter Smith in 1994 and by Sheelagh Kerry in 1997 were incorporated as Smith Ecology Ltd. in 2002. Click for more About Us.

 

Contracts carried out include the following areas of work:

 Surveys to find bat roosts, foraging areas and commuting routes

 

 Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of proposed developments on bats

 

 Mitigation Plans to moderate effects of development on bats and to sustain local populations

 

 Management of bat issues under Natural England (NE) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) development licences concerning protected species

 

 Bat Research including radio tracking studies

 

We have the skills and equipment required to undertake:

 Surveys of bats in buildings and other structures such as bridges

 

 Underground surveys: we regularly survey for bats in caves, including difficult sites involving long and/or arduous trips

 

 Bat detector surveys: calls are recorded and analysed on computer to assist with identification of species

 

 Mist netting, harp trapping and use of ultrasonic lure: these techniques are sometimes required to capture bats for identification and/ or marking

 

 Radio tracking: used to discover foraging areas and roosts

 

Clients include:

 Commercial Developers

 

 Natural Resources Wales

 

 Natural England

 

 Local Authorities

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