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Project – Stapehill Abbey, Dorset

Client: Ankers & Rawlings Developments Ltd
Date: 2012 to ongoing

Description of project

The Stapehill Abbey redevelopment plans involve converting the Abbey and old admissions building into 20 residential dwellings and the construction of 25 new dwellings together with modification to the existing access and the provision of car parking and garages. The gardens will be maintained for use by residents.

Species/surveys/legislation

Five buildings within the site supported bat roosts, with five species recorded within the Abbey complex alone. This included a large maternity roost for brown long-eared bats.

In addition to bats, reptiles were recorded in the overgrown ornamental areas and grassland and a number of Schedule 9 invasive plant species Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) were also present.

Mitigation/monitoring

A Natural England bat licence is in place and mitigation included carefully timed roof works to prevent impact on the maternity roost, enhancements to retained areas, as well as additional permanent roost provisions that will be created for bats within the new properties. Bat foraging habitat and connectivity is included within the design scheme.  Reptile mitigation, including the translocation of grass snake, common lizard and slow worm, was undertaken in 2015 onto an on-site receptor area. Invasive plants have also been carefully cleared from the site.

long eared bat

Brown long-eared bat

roofing work for bat surveying and mitigation

Roofing work for bat surveying and mitigation

smooth snake - reptile surveys

Slow worm