Low level Pipistrelle bat roosts

Pipistrelle bat photo
David Whyte our Bat licensed Ecological Arborist identified this pipistrelle species bat roost on a semi mature pendunculate oak in Perthshire in November 2017 during a phase 2 aerial inspection of potential roosting features (PRF) of over 300 trees.

David said “it is always exciting finding bats roosting in trees, most PRF are only accessible from a rope and harness so this roost is particularly exciting because the bat could be observed in roost from ground level”

The roost feature is a small diameter (5cm diameter) of hollowed out dead wood at the end of a branch. It shows the importance of carrying out close visual inspections of all PRF on trees prior to any planned arboricultural works, dead wooding for example.

All bat species in the UK are European Protected Species (EPS) and are fully protected under the EC Habitats and Species Directive 92/43/EEC. The Conservation (Natural Habitats,&c.) Regulations 1994 translates this law
into European legislation in the UK. These regulations have been amended in Scotland by The Conservation
(Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004 and 2007 and the Conservation (Natural Habitats,
&c.) Amendment (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2008.