The Roost Awards promote best practice bat roost mitigation and enhancement and submissions for the 2022 Roost Awards are now open until 1st April 2022, with the Awards to take place at the next National Bat Conference in Sept.!
Case studies should showcase data collection techniques at the baseline and monitoring stages and also a show a thorough understanding of the planning and design process. The information required to be entered for the awards is therefore marked above the case studies entry form sections.
Judges for the Awards represented academia, the statutory nature conservation bodies and the ecological consultant that last won. Judges are looking for examples of best practice but also looking to see who could share learning from their experiences.
Best practice guidance and research includes:-
- Bat Mitigation Guidelines, English Nature (2004)*
- Bats and Licensing: A report on the success of maternity roost compensation measures, Scottish Natural Heritage (2016)
- Reviewing the evidence on mitigation strategies for bats in buildings: informing best-practice for policy makers and practitioners, CIEEM, UWE Bristol and University of Exeter (2018)
- Bat surveys for Professional Ecologists: Good Practice Guidelines (2016)
( * - updated mitigation guidance is under development by CIEEM. For more information, visit their website)
Judges score the bat roost mitigation case studies under four criteria, looking for how they demonstrate best practice in:
- surveys / initial data collection
- design and planning
- lessons learned / remedial action taken
To submit a case study and see what is required, please check out the case studies webpage.
The Roost Awards 2021 ran on Weds 10th March, the winner was 'Avoidance of swarming site loss during restoration works at Cliveden' by Chris Damant of Bernwood ECS Ltd. Chris is now one of the judges for the 2022 Awards and we thank him for his time and expertise!