bats and development
planning for change
We are working closely with stakeholders to develop and embed robust tools such as integrated spatial modelling into the planning and decision-making processes both at local county planning departments and at a national level.
Funded by Natural England, PhD Student Thomas Foxley is using a suite of techniques including systematic acoustic surveys, habitat suitability models, connectivity modelling and GPS tracking of greater horseshoe bats (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum) in North Somerset to understand how bats use the landscape.
These landscape-level models are being used by North Somerset Council to inform the placement of new development, minimising the impact on greater horseshoe bats.