Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
Mancoed has started felling trees in Grange cemetery. Some of them had a high potential of bat roosts and bats have been recorded in the area.
Photos of felled high potential bat roosts in Grange cemetery have been provided to WBC ; additionally the Merseyside and West Lancashire bat group ( MWLBG) has voiced concerns / given advice.
1. Who is responsible for a bat survey prior to the felling? WBC or Mancoed?
Did anybody carry out a bat survey before the felling took place?
If yes, who, when and with which results?
2. How will WBC proceed now with the remaining trees within the woodland and the wider cemetery which were destined to be felled?
Will WBC take on board the advic given by MWLBG to only pollard even deadwood?
Will WBC leave deadwood standing if there is s no / low risk for residents?
What is the minimum hight deadwood can be left standing?
3. Will WBC work together with residents and take their observations into consideration?
If yes, how?
4. How will WBC prevent further damage in case some bats are still in torpor in the hollow trunk or crevices? As people have already started to harvest the timber, some bats ( if they have survived) still might get injured during that sawing process.
5. When will WBC start implementing the new tree strategy and plant 4 new trees for each felled mature tree in Grange cemetery? Will the replacement trees be planted at the same location?
Who will plant them and which variety?
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