Area Manager Ross Leeks, Contract Support Administrator, Frankie Tomlinson, and Surveyors George Farn and Jim Fielding O’Farrell, all staff on bts Group's UKPN contract, completed a bat training course with Anglian Ecology in March.
This course trains participants to scope for bats to the new BS8596 standard. It teaches scoping and (non-specialist) surveying in woodland; including understanding foraging, connectivity, and habitats.
Having staff with this training helps bts Group stay aware of our ecological responsibilities and allows us to carry out non-specialist surveys in-house. If roosts cannot reasonably be ruled out during scoping and non-specialist surveys, we will arrange for specialist surveys using expert consultants.