The Bearing Witness for Wildlife Bat Roost Mitigation Project recognises that there is a lack of evidence and evidence-based guidance on how effective replacement bat roosts, provided during the development process, are. There is also a lack of evidence on how well mitigation designs are communicated and implemented on the ground. This could result in developers acting unlawfully.
The project delivered a Mitigation Case Studies Forum in January 2017, bringing together representatives from across the sectors to share experience and best practice. The proceedings document can be downloaded for free here:
Mitigation Case Studies Forum 2017 proceedings document
The project will also deliver a new 'Roost' website of bat roost mitigation case studies and an associated 'Roost' award for good Mitigation Case Studies Forum presentation practice.
Finally, the project will collect evidence on the implementation and efficacy of bat roost mitigation and compensation through two seasons of fieldwork and produce an evidence report that can be used to update industry guidance.