Our work with organisations like the National Trust, English Heritage, Cadw and the Wye Valley AONB project means that we regularly undertake ecological surveys of historic buildings and their grounds. The sometimes unique nature of these sites means that successful survey can require some creative thinking and the development of non-standard approaches.
One such example arose recently, when we were asked by Cadw to advise on the ecological implications of proposals to undertake reconsolidation work at a castle near Abergavenny in South Wales. Initial studies led to the need for an endoscope inspection to search for evidence of roosting bats. This involved Stephanie, a Senior Ecologist from our Monmouth office, abseiling under expert supervision down the walls of the castle gatehouse to gain access to the areas that required survey.
The survey was completed successfully and enabled the consolidation works to progress whilst ensuring that bats and their roosts remained unaffected.