30 September will see the bat monitors in all 19 of our turbines being removed, serviced and stored ready for next year. The data that we have gathered since 1 April will be uploaded and then analysed by our consultants – no small task if 600GB+ of data we gathered last year is anything to go by. This year we’ve had the added benefit of Sasha, Rockstar and Arnold – the wonderful trained sniffer dogs provided by Wagtail – looking for bat carcasses each and every month during the survey window.
Our analysis and findings will be written up into the overall ecology report for the year and should be available in the New Year via the Council’s website.
Like many others, we await publication by Natural England of its revised guidance on conducting pre-construction bat surveys as well as post-construction monitoring. This has been in the pipeline since 2017 – evidently you can’t rush a good thing!