I assisted a friend of mine by acting as a second person for one of her staff during a bat building inspection and Phase 1 habitat survey of a site in Chester. Not, perhaps, the most glamorous of jobs, but I was able to help a busy friend and get paid for it, so it couldn’t be better, in my view 🙂I do very little professional bat work these days, so it was a novelty to be clambering into a loft space looking for signs of bats and potential entrance points, but I soon got back into the swing of things. I did, however, wish I had remembered my dust mask… it was a large building and there were plenty of potential bat entrance/exit points but, disappointingly, no signs of bats. Dead pigeons yes. Dead flies yes. Wasps yes. Bats no.
On completing the building inspection, we headed out to do a Phase 1 habitat survey of the rest of the site, which included good numbers of mature trees, some with bat roost potential, and a mix of amenity grassland, tall ruderal, bramble scrub, hedgerows and tall coarse grassland. Ideal bat habitat, potentially. I await the findings of the forthcoming bat surveys with interest.