A report has just been published by CIEEM that reviews the effectiveness of mitigation for bats within buildings. This study aimed to provide evidence to planners, developers and ecological practitioners on the efficacy of bat roost mitigation and compensation to help them ensure that mitigation approaches are evidence-based and beneficial for bats.
Why was this study needed?
“Despite the relatively widespread use of artificial bat roosts as both a mitigation strategy and habitat enhancement tool, relatively little research has been conducted on their effectiveness. Most research has focused on pre- and post-development case studies which, whilst valuable, are rarely generalizable. Given that the amount of data collected annually by ecological practitioners dwarfs that which could be collected by research scientists, in this project we aimed to harness this resource to assess the effectiveness of bat mitigation in buildings”.
You can read the report in full HERE.