Balancing bat roosts, cityscape and future development priorities.

The University of Glasgow’s Gilmorehill campus in the west end of Glasgow is an iconic feature of the city skyline. However, despite its heritage and tradition, the campus is evolving to better reflect the needs of its student body and research operations.

As part of ongoing work to modernise buildings and facilities, we were appointed in 2014 to deliver a series of bat surveys on a number of university buildings, including teaching space and student accommodation. Having identified large bat roosts, our ecology team worked closely with the university to apply for licences to work in and around roost locations.

The sensitive and listed nature of many of the buildings meant that our ecologists had to carefully design and install alternative bat roost accommodation at the site. We achieved a delicate balance between the need to retain the campus’ unique landscape, the need to protect and conserve bat populations and the need to deliver a rolling programme of maintenance and improvements ahead of significant development at the site.

Our excellent working relationship and thorough, communicative approach has led to our landscape architect team being appointed for the next phase of the university’s development.

For all ecology and protected species issues, please contact Steve Jackson-Matthews or Martin Tabor.