Bat Walk Hanworth Park House
- - Serotine bat 48 passes from 21.42
- - Noctule bat 10 passes from 21.19
- - Leisler's bat 3 passes from 21.32
- - Common Pipistrelle bat from 21.12
- - Soprano Pipistrelle bat from 21.19
AGC Property and Hounslow council currently have a hybrid planning application before the Mayor see 01359-F-P9 This is a full application for the
restoration, conversion and extension of Hanworth Park House with the loss of Greenbelt, 1.9 ha woodland and a lot of trees. With some community use of the house, one residential home for caretaker and office uses with associated highway improvements; and an outline
application with all matters reserved except access for up to 300
residential homes, car and cycle parking, landscaping, restoration and
enhancement of adjacent woodland for public use and associated works. The officers report has a full 6 lines under the heading of biodiversity https://planapps.london
The ecological survey indicates small pipistrelle roosts and a lot of Brown Long - eared bat activity associated with the building, but there is no investigation into the way six species of bat are using the area as a foraging resource. How will the loss of trees and increase in the urban gradient and light pollution affect the prey and therefore viability of these species. What will be the impact in the wider area, such as Pevensey Road LNR and the old Marshalling Yards?
Yet another paper has been published this year on the global-scale decline of animal biodiversity (‘defaunation’). The authors C. Finn, F. Grattarola, & D. Pincheira-Donoso state ‘Our study contributes a further signal indicating that global biodiversity is entering a mass extinction, with ecosystem heterogeneity and functioning, biodiversity persistence, and human well-being under increasing threat’.
One of the stings is that the authors state that 'quantification of this extinction crisis has traditionally relied on the use of IUCN Red List conservation categories assigned to each assessed species'.
'Importantly, we find that for species currently classed by the IUCN Red List as ‘non-threatened’, 33% are declining'. see here Anthropocene extinctions