To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effectiveness of the use of bat boxes near new developments to help protect bats.
1 March 2022
Bat boxes are used within the development context as part of the mitigation measures employed to maintain the conservation status of bats. Recent studies have provided some positive evidence of the effectiveness of bat boxes in the short term and immediate vicinity after development. Evidence of effectiveness in the longer term can be impacted by further works, such as street lighting and further development in the area.