The British Standards Institute has announced that a new standard for inspecting trees for bats will be introduced over the next year (BS8596). AV Arboriculture are ahead of the game somewhat, in that we already carry out highly detailed and professional inspections of trees for bats.
Having gained his qualification to inspect trees for bats in May 2012, Mike was delighted to be asked to manage and carry out the inspection of several trees on the route of the new high-voltage power-line, from Beauly (near Inverness) to Denny (near Falkirk) in Scotland. He was not, however, quite so delighted by the harsh weather conditions …
Carried out on behalf of SP Energy Networks, the inspection was a legal requirement to ensure no bat roosts would be disturbed in the upgrade of the power-line.
Mike was required to climb several exposed Birch trees with bat roosting potential, using an endoscope to inspect the tree cavities and branches for signs of bats, all the while faced with horizontal snow and and typically Scottish Winter temperatures.