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Action Plan:  Species
Mammals
Noctule Bat (Nyctalus noctule)
UK Lead Organisations:
 
 
County Lead Organisation:
 
South East Staffordshire Bat Group 
 
Objectives
  • To maintain the current existing populations within Staffordshire.
  • To safeguard all known roost sites.
  • To retain and enhance suitable habitat to increase the distribution and population density.

Policy
  • Seek support for SBG and SEB to continue monitoring of roosts, survey of areas affected by proposed development and the provision of advice to tree surgeons, local authority forestry officers, foresters etc. (SBAP Partnership) 
  • Continue to develop the current training procedures for bat workers and other people whose occupational activities may bring them into contact with bats. (BCT, SBG, SEB)
  • Adopt and develop management policies outlined in BCTs Bats and Trees leaflet and the Aboricultural Association's Guidance Note 1: Bats. Ensure minimum tree surgery required to meet obligations (e.g. safety) to trees suitable for roosting bats. (BCT, SBG, SEB)
  • Ensure woodland incentive schemes (e.g. WIGS, and other relevant forestry schemes) and tree management policies (e.g. TPOs) cater for the conservation needs of Noctule bats. (FC, LAs, TNF, FoM)
  • Liaison with local authorities to ensure the guidelines in PPG9 are followed and considered in local plans and development control. (BCT, SBG, SEB, SWT)
  • Target developers, planning authorities and other key decision makers regarding the current procedures concerning developments that may affect bats. (BCT, SBG, SEB, SWT)
 
Protection
  • The species is protected by national legislation and European treaties including the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) and the Conservation / Natural Habitats, Regulations 1994, the Bern and Bonn conventions, CRoW Act 2000 and the EC Habitats and Species Directive.
 
Management, Monitoring, Research and Survey
  • The species is included in the UK National Bat Monitoring Programme.
  • The species is proposed for international collaboration on migration studies and population monitoring under the Agreement on the Conservation of Bats in Europe (Bonn Convention).
  • The Bat Conservation Trust is carrying out research to identify roosting and foraging requirements of this species.
  • Staffordshire Bat Group and South East Staffordshire Bat Group collect data on distribution in the county.
  • Ensure that appropriate survey work is carried out for any development proposal that may affect Noctules. (LAs, Developers, EN)
  • Use bat boxes where appropriate to enhance suitable habitat e.g. coniferous woodland and woodland with few or no mature trees. (SBG, SEB, TNF, FoM, Developers, Landowners)
  • Consider providing potential hibernacula by converting pillboxes and icehouses on sites. (Landowners)
 
 
Advisory
  • Increase species awareness for the public and landowners through education, promotion and events. (SBAP Partnership)
  • Undertake 15 promotional events and walks each year promoting the conservation of Noctule by 2010. (SBG, SEB)
  • Improve the communication process for people waiting to contact national / local batline and registered bat workers. (SBG, SEB, BCT) 
 
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