A reclaimed arable field which was surrounded by strips of mature mixed woodland has been developed for social housing in Eliburn, Livingston by Lovells Partnerships. The Wildlife Partnership was involved in pre-construction vegetation and protected species surveys. Due to the presence of potential roost sites in several trees a further bat activity survey was undertaken. A small amount of bat activity was found in the vicinity of a number of trees which were to be felled or have some tree surgery to make them safe. Trees are occasionally used by bats for roosting, if any evidence is found a licence would be needed. However no direct evidence of bats was found but following best practice Lovells agreed to the installation of bat boxes to provide mitigation for the loss of potential bat roost sites.
Installing a bat box
Bat box in position