Dormouse & Bat Survey

  • Client:

    Forestry Commission

  • Project:

    Preliminary Ground Level Roost Assessment
    Dormouse Survey

  • Location:

    Wendover Woods Aston Clinton Aylesbury

  • Duration:

    4 weeks

  • Project Coordinator:

    Ash Girdler

Background

Wendover Woods is owned and managed by the Forestry Commission and provide a range of formal and informal recreational activities. The woodland is approximately 325 hectares and contains a mosaic of broadleaf woodland dominated by Beech and conifer plantations largely consisting of Larch, Spruce and Fir.

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The Forestry Commission instructed AGA Group Consultancy to complete a survey of Wendover Woods with the purpose of establishing the likely presence or absence of dormouse. The survey methods used followed the national guidance set out in the Dormouse Conservation Handbook (2nd Edition), English Nature. AGA Group Consultancy was also commissioned by the Forestry Commission to undertake a preliminary ground level roost assessment for bats. The assessment concentrated on the trees situated within a potential development footprint at Wendover Woods.

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The Work

Dormouse Ecology Survey

The services AGA Group Consultancy provided to complete the survey included:

Firstly, a desktop study was conducted and all past recordings of dormouse within 100m and 1km of the Site boundary were noted.
Nest boxes and nest tubes were placed in clusters within suitable habitat around the Site boundary and the results were recorded. Gnawed nut searches were conducted in conjunction with the other searches and the results were recorded.

To conclude, based on the results, it is highly probable that dormice are absent from the survey area. A.G.A. Group Consultancy provided recommendations to encourage and establish a dormice population in Wendover Woods.

 

Bat Ecology Consultancy

AGA Group Consultancy conducted a preliminary ground level roost assessment survey. This involved a detailed inspection of the trees within the proposed development footprint from ground level. Each tree was inspected from all angles and from both close to the trunk and from further away. The whole tree was inspected with binoculars used to focus on the canopy level of the tree. The aim of this approach is to look for and identify potential roost features (PRFs).

These features could include:
Woodpecker holes
Rot holes
Cracks and splits in the stems or branches
Partially detached bark
Knot holes

AGA Group Consultancy provided the client with recommendations based upon the results of the survey.

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