Action Tables – 2007 Reviewed London Bat SAP


  1. Targets and Actions

Please note that the partners identified in the tables are those that have been involved in the process of forming the plan. It is not an exclusive list and new partners are both welcomed and needed. The leads identified are responsible for co-ordinating the actions – but are not necessarily implementers.


Target 1 Raise and maintain awareness of bat conservation issues within key sectors (specifically planners, land managers and tree and building contractors), by advancing a targeted programme of relevant best practice advice dissemination by 2009

Action

Target Date

Lead

Other Partners

1.1 Promote best practice to all major tree contractors/wardens through written letters and the existing Bats In Trees leaflet

Achieved

LTOA

BTCV, BCT, LBG, LA

B1.1 Establish and populate a Greater London database of operatives and agents in key sectors

2008

Volunteer effort or consultancy services

LBG, LA, GLA, LTOA, EA, NE Trade Associations

B1.2 Assemble and disseminate relevant best practice advisory material across entire database (tailored by key sector)

2008

LBG

BCT, NE

B1.3 Encourage publishers of any out-of-print resources to provide electronic versions

2008

BCT


B1.4 Establish regular e-bulletin to update/alert database to new advice/guidance/case-studies on a (future) annual basis

2009

LBG

NE, BCT

B1.5 Promote model management of foraging habitat for bats across London, by encouraging grant scheme applications to subsidise implementation of revised management plans at 5 important sites

2010

LBG

LA, COL, DEFRA, FC, TRP, LVRPA

1.4 Produce and promote a London Bat Advice Note for all local authority planners

Achieved

EN, BCT

GLA, ALG, WCU

1.5 Conduct awareness survey of tree surgeons/roofing contractors/pest control companies to inform targeted campaign on private sector

Part-achieved (pest control sector)

EN



Target 2 Increase knowledge of bat distribution and population changes in Greater London by 2010

Action

Target Date

Lead

Other Partners

2.1 Collate current and historical records for all bats in London

Achieved

LBG

BCT, LWT, LNHS, EN, TRP

B2.1 Recruit 25 new surveyors for NBMP (Field & Waterway surveys)

2012

LBG

BCT, TRP, LVRPA, LWT, LA, LNHS

B2.2 Maintain network of 40 NBMP data collection transects (Field & Waterway surveys)

2015

LBG

TRP, LVRPA, LWT, LA, LNHS

B2.3 Conduct ‘London Bat Feeding Survey’* in 2008/9; analyse & publish results

2010

LBG

BCT, ZSL

B2.4 Maintain database of records for all bats in London

Annual

LBG/GiGL

BCT, LNHS, NE


Target 3 Create/restore 15 artificial roosting sites by 2012

Action

Target Date

Lead

Other Partners

3.1 Identify potential sites for roost creation opportunities

Achieved

GLA

LBG, BCT, LA, LVRPA, TRP, CIRIA

B3.1 Construct further 3 of the best submissions to the ‘London Bat House’ design competition

2012

LBH Partnership

LBG, BCT

B3.2 Implement 1 significant roost creation project within an exemplary low/zero-carbon development featuring sustainable construction

2010

BCT

LBG, GLA, BioRegional-Quintain, LOCOG, TGDC





Target 4 Increase Londoners’ awareness of and involvement in bat conservation by 2015

Action

Target Date

Lead

Other Partners

B4.1 Maintain co-ordinated programme of guided bat walks, attracting a total of at least 2000 first-time attendees per annum

10k by 2012

LBG

BCT, LWT, WWT, LA, TRP, LVRPA

B4.2 Maintain programme of event attendance (2 per annum), illustrated talks (3 per annum) and scripted media features (3 per annum)

10/15/5 by 2012

LBG

BCT, LWT, WWT, LA, media

B4.3 Run a minimum of 2 training courses in use of bat detectors per annum

>10 by 2012

LBG

LVRPA, TRP, LA, WWT

B4.4 Run 1 training course for potential leaders of bat walks per annum

5 by 2012

LBG

LVRPA, LA

4.5 Recruit a London-specific bat licence trainer

Achieved

LBG

EN

B4.5 Co-ordinate training of 5 new roost visitor licencees

2012

LBG

NE, BCT, LWT, LNHS





Objective 5 To make a significant contribution to urban bat conservation through new ecological research ACHIEVED

Target: One research topic completed and disseminated by 2008

Action

Target Date

Lead

Other Partners

5.1 Complete a desk-top study of current research on artificial light and mammal ecology

Achieved

LBG

BCT, EN, LWT, GLA

5.2 Commission and complete new research into links between bat ecology and artificial light

Achieved

LBG, UCL




COSTING:

action

approximate cost

notes

B1.1

2500

(of a consultant researcher)

B1.3

1500


B1.4

1200 pa


B3.1

75k

major sponsorship opportunities

B4.3

300 pa

expenses, room hire etc. (recoverable)

B4.4

150 pa

expenses, room hire etc. (recoverable)











Relevant Action Plans

London Plans

Woodland; Tidal Thames; Canals; Private Gardens; Wasteland; Reedbeds; Churchyards and Cemeteries; Parks and Green Spaces; Rivers & Streams.

National Plans

Soprano pipistrelle; Noctule; Brown long-eared bat.





Key References

Briggs, P.A., Bullock, R.J. & Tovey, J.D.  (in prep.). Ten years of bat monitoring at the WWT London Wetland Centre: a comparison with National Bat Monitoring Programme trends for Greater London, The London Naturalist. LNHS

Fure A. 2006. Bats and lighting. The London Naturalist , no.85. LNHS

Guest, P, Jones, K E and Tovey, J. (2002). Bats in Greater London: unique evidence of a decline over 15 years. British Wildlife, 14 (1).

Harris, S., Morris, P., Wray, S. & Yalden, D. (1995). A Review of British Mammals: population estimates and conservation status of British mammals other than cetaceans. JNNC, Peterborough.

Johnson, Walter. FGS. 1930. Animal Life in London. The Sheldon Press, London.

JNCC (2003). Bat Worker's Manual - 3rd Edition.

Mickleburgh, Simon (1987). Distribution and status of bats in the London area: The London Naturalist, no.66. LNHS



Abbreviations

ALG – Association of London Government

BCT - Bat Conservation Trust

CIRIA – Construction Industry Research & Information Association


FC – Forestry Commission

GLA – Greater London Authority

GiGL – Greenspace Information for Greater London

LA – Local Authorities (inc. Corporation of London)

LBG - London Bat Group

LBP – London Biodiversity Partnership

LNHS – London Natural History Society


LOCOG – London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games

LTOA – London Tree Officers Association

LVRPA – Lea Valley Regional Park Authority

LWT - London Wildlife Trust

NE – Natural England (formerly English Nature)

TGDC - Thames Gateway Development Corporation

TRP – The Royal Parks

TW – Thames Water

WWT - Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

ZSL – Zoological Society of London


Contact

The Lead for this Action Plan is the London Bat Group.

Please note that although the London Bat Group will co-ordinate these actions on a London-wide scale with the support of the Partnership, it unfortunately cannot currently resource action at a Borough or Local Level.

Mike Waite

Species Action Plan Co-ordinator

London Bat Group

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