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Ecology: April 2018 – Permission granted for a new relief road and a large strategic allocation for 2500 homes.

Permission granted for a new relief road and a large strategic allocation for 2500 homes in Wiltshire following detailed work by Aspect Ecology to design safeguards to protect the rare bat species Bechstein’s.


Detailed radio tracking survey work carried out by Aspect Ecology determined the movement patterns and flight lines of the local population of Bechstein’s bat, a rare species which inhabits woodlands. To ensure that bat movement between woodlands and through the landscape is unimpeded, a range of mitigation measures have been designed into the scheme including seven bat underpasses as well as a number of hop-overs. The long term conservation of the population has been secured by the inclusion of extensive green infrastructure on site as well as the provision of funding to manage adjacent woodlands to benefit Bechstein’s.



Aspect Ecology has also provided guidance on how to safeguard other species interests which are present including Dormouse, Water Voles and Great Crested Newts.