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BS8596: Surveying for Bats in trees and woodland – Micro Guide for non-specialists

Last Updated:  16/12/2015

The new standard BS 8596 describes, in a simple and comprehensive way, how to survey trees and woodland for signs of bat presence. Covering everything from individual garden trees to woodland, the standard outlines a fit-for-purpose process involving scoping surveys, roost surveys and activity surveys. It also gives guidance on presenting the data and when to call in a bat specialist.

With BS 8596 you can manage your regulatory risk, gaining assurance that you’ve followed best practice. It’ll be valuable not only for arboriculturalists, woodland managers and operatives, but also for planning officers, developers, ecological consultants, utility companies and flood risk managers among many others.

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So that non-specialists can gain an understanding of the guidance given in BS 8596, BSI has produced a free micro guide, which will assist them in identifying indicators of bat presence and deciding when expert advice is needed.

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