Introduction

Project description
Development of care bungalows at a disused site of a former social club. After lesser horseshoe bats were identified using the abandoned social club, compensation measures were integrated into the new care buildings.
Ecologist’s name and contact details
Wildwood Ecology Limited
Planning authority
Newport City Council
Brief site description
Former social club building at a disused site on the edge of a residential area in Beechwood, Newport. The site lies adjacent to broadleaved woodland with the River Usk less than 1 Km away.

Pre-works roost structure

Type of structure
Building
Use
Other
Condition
Derelict
Approx. age
Over 30 years.
Main construction material of walls
Brick
Roof design
Flat Roof
Roof material
Stone
Internal roof structure
Not Applicable
Photos or annotated figures of roost structure

Pre-works roost description

Species
Lesser horseshoe bat
Number of bats max count
10
Type of roost
Hibernation Roost
Evidence of bats
Bats Seen in Roost
Roost location
Other
Aspect of roost
various
Height of roost entrance (m)
1.8
Roost material(s)
  • brickwork
Nearest commuting feature
Woodland
Distance to nearest commuting feature (m)
Not reported

Proposed works

Description of works
Demolition of existing structure under licence followed by the replacement of a purpose-built artificial basement roost.
Type of impact upon the roost
Long-Term Roost Modification and Roost Loss
Relevant annotated figures

Proposed mitigations

Type of mitigation
Compensation
Specific technical detail of measure
Bat hibernaculum: Aim was to provide a secure roost area and environment that replicates and enhances the layout and environment of the current site. Purpose-built artificial basement roost to include secure bat access/egress points with light baffles. Access/egress points face secure and dark woodland habitat for bats to emerge and enter. Internally, four sections provide different environmental conditions for light sampling and a cool tower provided within one of the middle sections. No external lighting and site set within a secure (gated) area. Secure steel door provided for monitoring access by those with confined space training. Size: Approximately 250 square metres Materials: Brick and blockwork
Relevant annotated figures
Roost location
Underground Structure
Aspect of roost
N
Height of roost entrance (m)
1.8
Roost material(s)
  • Brickwork
Nearest commuting feature
Woodland
Distance to nearest commuting feature (m)
Not reported
Photos or annotated figures of roost

Actual mitigations implemented

Type of mitigation
Compensation
Specific technical detail of measure
Not implemented at time of upload to website.
Roost location
Other
Aspect of roost
notApplicableEGUndergroundSites
Roost material(s)
Nearest commuting feature
Hedge

Monitoring data

Length of monitoring proposed
To commence in autumn / winter 2013 (no data yet provided)
Frequency of monitoring
Not reported
Type of monitoring
Roost Inspection

Final details