The Ecology Consultancy carried out a bat survey and breeding bird survey in Norfolk at Little Snoring for Norfolk County Council
The aim of the bat surveys were to ascertain whether roosting bats were present within a mature oak scheduled for felling and the surveys were carried out in accordance with the Bat Conservation Trust guidelines.
No bat roosts were found; however, due to the tree’s potential, it was advised that the tree should be soft-felled in a precautionary manner. This involved careful felling of the tree in sections under a watching brief at an appropriate time of year.
There were also plans to remove a section of hedgerow towards the end of the breeding bird survey season (which typically runs from March to August inclusive). The Ecology Consultancy provided an on-site ecologist who monitored work under a watching brief to ensure that no breeding birds were disturbed.
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