Wildlife Success at Hotel!
CEC has worked for the last five years with CMR Leisure, the owners and developers of The Cornwall Hotel Spa and Estate in St Austell, providing ecological and landscape consultancy services for the whole site.
We discovered a wide range of wildlife on site, including bats, badgers, reptiles and many species of birds. We recommended that an existing bat roost within the hotel roof should be retained but there was also a roost located within the hotel basement earmarked for demolition. This we recommended should be replaced with a new artificial roost structure close by.
On a recent monitoring visit, we checked the roof void of the hotel and found that it was still being used by common pipistrelle and brown long-eared bats but we were delighted to learn that lesser horseshoe bats also appear to now be using the sites in both the roof and the underground roost.
A rebuilt barn on site contained no evidence of bats but just inside the door this chap was boldly pretending he wasn’t there!
We rarely get to see the outcome of our work after our recommendations and mitigation have been in place for a number of years – so have found this experience very rewarding. It is reassuring to witness the wildlife not only remaining on site but also seemingly thriving and increasing in numbers. This demonstrates that the work CEC does has a positive impact on wildlife conservation in Cornwall.
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This entry was posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2011 at 4:28 pm and is filed under News.