Provided technical review, advice and guidance to project team in relation to implementation and monitoring of long-term bat licence to facilitate ongoing maintenance of the Merseyway Bridge, which carries the River Mersey under Stockport town centre. The Merseyway shopping centre is built on top of the bridge.
The concrete structure of the bridge provides a large, long, dark tunnel through which the river flows; ideal conditions for bat roosting. The site supports numerous Daubenton’s bats throughout the year. As at December 2011, monitoring of the bat population showed that the ongoing maintenance works were having no observable detrimental effects on the bats.