Objection to new library plan

Glossop Bat Group have objected to the application to demolish the old St Luke's school and construct a new library on the grounds that attempts to ascertain if the building was used by hibernating bats was wholly inadequate.

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Objection to Shepley Street Development, Old Glossop

Glossop Bat Group have objected to the application to build 44 houses and a car park on land north of Shepley Street Old Glossop, on the grounds that the bat surveys conducted in support of the proposal were inadequate.

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Light and Bats in Glossop

There is very strong evidence to indicate that Myotis and Plecotus bats avoid artificial light. We believe that Myotis bats no longer forage along Glossop Brook in the middle of the town because of light pollution, although they are still common on dark stretches of the river. Tree lines that are not artificially lit are often used by Myotis bats in Glossop, but we have not recorded them in well lit tree lines.

Attention to lighting is vital close to waterways and commuting and foraging habitats. There are many systems that will allow safe illumination without scaring away bats.

 

Trees, Tree Lines and Bats

Bats use trees in very specific ways. If trees have suitable cracks or hole bats may roost in them, but most trees in Glossop are not suitable for bats to live in. All the treelines in Glossop are used by bats to some extent. Very important treelines in Glossop include the one running parallel to Norfolk Street and Lord Street, which bats use to move between Manor Park and habitat in the Spire Hollin/Howard Park area and beyond. The dark treelines at Pyegrove are similarly used by bats commuting between Shire Hill and Manor Park.

Area of Glossop, particularly Shirebrook Park have lost substantial tree lines in recent decades. One of Glossop Bat Group's priorities over the winter of 2012 is likely to be documenting recent tree line loss and encouraging restoration of important commuting routes.

Of particular concern is the treeline along Glossop Brook, which should act as a commuting route for bats between Manor Park and woodland around Dinting and Simmondley, and the Hurst Brook treeline which connects habitats around the Golf Club with the major roosts at Woods Mill. Many other treelines in the town are important to bats and we are trying to collect data on their seasonal use.

Towards the end of the summer male bats of some species begin to patrol areas calling loudly, presumably to attract mates. At this time bats will often perch on particular trees and emit loud social calls. Documenting these trees is a very time consuming business and volunteers are always welcome to help

Bat Roosts in Glossop

Glossop is dripping with bat roosts, and most householders are totally unaware of the bats living above them. In five months Glossop Bat Group has recorded over 30 bat roosts, most of a considerable size. Some "roosts" consist of clusters of ten or more houses, all inhabited by bats. We are also aware of many more bat roosts that we consider to be vulnerable, and are currently documenting. There are probably hundreds of other roosts that we have not yet identified.

It is illegal to disturb bat roosts, even if the bats are not present. It is also illegal to block roost entrances or do other dastardly things to get rid of bats. If you think you have issues with bat roosts please contact Glossop Bat Group in confidence for advice and support.