The Roost Awards promote best practice bat roost mitigation and enhancement and take place every two years. The last Awards took place in 2023, the winner was announced at the National Bat Conference in September.
High Marks Barn SSSI was submitted by Tom Kitching, from Vincent Wildlife Trust and the award was accepted on behalf of VWT by Daniel Hargreaves, Bat Programme Manager, presented by BCT's Head of Biodiversity Jan Collins (below).
Judges thought that 'this was an impressive project, that was well thought-out. Adaptions to the structure show potential for climate change resilience. The project team also observed and anticipated threats of predation imaginatively (including from pine martens in the vicinity), and dealt with this in simplicity. This case study also captured interesting observations of bats remaining insitu though works period.'
If you would like to submit a case study to be put forward for the awards, the work 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 entry form sections.
Judges for the Awards represent academia, the statutory nature conservation bodies and ecological consultancy. 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:-
- UK Bat Mitigation Guidelines (2023)
- 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 4th edition
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.