Mouchel Ltd

A31 Magherafelt Bypass, Northern Ireland

The brief

Proposals were put forward for a bypass scheme to relieve congestion in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland. Ecology surveys were required in order to determine baseline conditions for the site and inform route options.

What we did

  • We undertook a suite of bat surveys along the proposed route options.
  • Buildings and trees were inspected for their potential to support roosting bats.
  • All features with the potential to support roosting bats were then subject to dusk emergence and dawn return to roost surveys to determine the presence or likely absence of roosts.
  • An assessment was also made of potential foraging and commuting habitats for bats which was followed by a suite of bat activity surveys to determine how bats were using the various route options.

The outcome

Several bat roosts were recorded, including a roost of the rare Nathusius’ pipistrelle. In addition, numerous commuting corridors and foraging areas were identified.

The results of the surveys were used to inform the route options and minimise potential impacts on bats through detailed conservation strategy planning. As a result the main works were given the go-ahead.
Thomson project manager, A31 Magherafelt Bypass, Northern Ireland
Our services
Environmental consultancy services covering all ecosystems

We cover all aspects of environmental consultation – from smaller surveys through to strategic projects.

Our culture and values
Our culture and R.I.S.E. values help bind us together as a business

At Thomson, we strive to deliver a pragmatic and innovative approach to environmental compliance.

Working in partnership with our clients, our team of environmental specialists ensures objectives are met, with maximum efficiency for our clients, and minimal impact on the natural world.

Projects A31 Magherafelt Bypass, Northern Ireland