Radio Tracking Surveys

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  • Radio Tracking Survey © Arbeco Ltd.
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Background

Radio-tracking is a specialist survey used to gain the highest level of information possible. This type of survey is usually used for larger schemes, where impacts on bats are significant enough to justify this method.

Radio-tracking bats is essential if high quality, detailed data gathering to find bats foraging habitats, ranges from roosts and flight lines is required. This information is required in order to devise suitable and adequate mitigation, including the design for the planting, road and rail crossings and associated lighting and noise impacts when a larger scale building development or road and / or rail scheme is planned.

Radio-tracking can also be used for baseline or ongoing assessments of habitat use by bats - especially where there is an important roost or where habitat management plans are desired.

Radio-tracking involves catching bats using mist nets and harp traps and fitting a radio-transmitter to the bat to follow bat movements.

Arbeco Ltd. have carried out a number of radio-tracking projects for both statutory bodies, to inform SAC management and in relation to infrastructure and development for all UK bat species.

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