The winter months are the perfect time to swot up on the latest edition of the bat surveys good practice guidelines. Some Ecologists refer to this document as the ‘bat bible’ with the newest 3rd edition published this week; available as a download from the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) and in print from NHBS.
The 3rd edition contains the latest evidence and best practice guidelines, along with new and revised content. This includes new chapters on bat surveys of trees, advanced licence survey techniques and new sections on acoustic surveys at swarming sites and how to use statistics to analyse bat survey data.
This document has been reviewed by the 2nd edition authors who represent BCT, Natural Resources ales (NRW), Association of Local Government Ecologists (ALGE) and ecological consultancies, but also by representatives from Natural England (NE), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and an Local Planning Authority (LPA). Unfortunately the wind farms chapter has been removed from the 3rd edition guidelines along with the major infrastructure project chapter due to a delay in the publication of the National Bats and Wind Turbines project report. First Ecology have contacted the Bat Conservation Trust and have been informed that separate guidance is to be produced on windfarms which should also be available in the next few months. Until this date the relevant guidelines as stated in one of the chapters of the 2nd edition still stand.