Aspect Ecology is currently advising on a number of sites where the rare bat species Bechstein’s bat Myotis bechsteinii is known to be present in the local area.

This species is difficult to identify through acoustic surveys alone and so Aspect Ecology has been employing specialist advanced trapping and survey techniques including harp trapping and mist netting, using acoustic lures, and radio-tracking in order to assess any use of the sites and therefore constraints posed by this species.

Using this information, Aspect Ecology is working closely with specialist lighting consultants and masterplanners so as to provide mitigation and accommodate this species within sensitively designed site layouts.