Wind Farm Bat Surveys

ECOFACT are experts in the provision of bat surveys and bat impact assessments. Our full range of bat survey services includes building surveys for bats (inc. farm buildings), emergency and bat activity surveys, dusk and dawn bat swarming surveys, planning advice on bats, bat mitigation design, legal aspects and bat derogation licences.

We are also experts in assessing the ecology at proposed wind farm sites. There is increasing evidence wind turbines have the potential to have significant negative impact on bat populations in the Ireland. The Irish population of Leisler’s bat is of International Importance, and this bat species is considered to be a high risk species in relation to wind farm developments. This is due to the fact that it travels long distances between roosts and foraging areas and flies high and fast. Leisler’s bat also forages in open landscapes where wind turbines are usually located.

The risk of wind farm developments to bats is clearly greatest if turbines are proposed for an area that bats frequently use. It is therefore important than a detailed pre-construction bat surveys are completed. If you have a requirement for a bat survey, particularly bat surveys at proposed wind farm sites, we are the people to talk to.’The optimum time for bat activity surveys is May to September.

The risk of wind farm developments to bats is clearly greatest if turbines are proposed for an area that bats frequently use. It is therefore important than a detailed pre-construction bat surveys are completed.

Bat Conservation Ireland have produced guidelines for bat surveys at wind farm sites. We follow these guidelines where applicable, or a propose a modified site-specific methodology based on these guidelines where appropriate. For further information please see our main website www.ecofact.ie.

Contact us at +353 61 419477 or info@ecofact.ie if you need a bat survey.

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