providing expert advice on bat ecology and the monitoring of indigenous bat species.
Hamilton City Council
Ecology, Local Government
New Zealand's bat species, particularly the long-tailed bat and lesser short-tailed bat - New Zealand's only indigenous terrestrial mammals on the New Zealand Threatened Classification List - currently face a number of challenges that include predation, habitat loss, direct mortality from tree felling, and implications of climate change.
4Sight offers in-house bat expertise that enables us to advise our clients where potential bat habitats may be located and develop a strategy to ensure they are protected throughout the duration of their project. Our team is experienced in bioacoustics monitoring of bats, radio-tracking, and roost tree identification. They also have extensive experience managing the impacts of vegetation removal on bats, having worked on multiple projects involving bats from small scale pruning to extensive infrastructure and roading projects.
4Sight has been and is still providing bat ecology advice on the Peacockes Structure Plan Change for Hamilton City Council - a much needed residential development project. This work has involved:
Evaluation of urbanisation effects on bats;
Developing performance standards and habitat enhancement measures;
Developing delivery strategies for the protection and enhancement of bat habitat;
Preparing and implementing bat monitoring plans; and