Whitcher Wildlife Ltd were commissioned to carry out a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) and subsequent Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) of Swinefleet Peat Works ahead of an application to use the buildings as a recycling facility.
The initial survey identified the potential presence of bats in the buildings on the site and therefore recommended further bat dusk emergence and dawn swarming surveys during the peak survey season.
The bat surveys identified the presence of several small day roosts of Common Pipistrelles within the buildings along with regular foraging activity in the large open spaces within and around the buildings.
Works are ongoing to design a strategy that will allow the buildings to be utilised as a recycling facility but to retain the bat roosts identified on the site. Once the strategy has been designed further works will be carried out and a Natural England licence will be obtained, if required.