JMS powered access supports wildlife surveys

Spider power from JMS has been used to inspect derelict buildings to check that they were not being used as roosts for bats.

A demolition contractor needed to survey the properties to ensure they had not become a new home for wildlife, especially bats.

JMS Sales and Marketing Director Scott Walker said: “The building had been empty for some time, so wildlife had an opportunity to colonise it.

“Bats and their roosts are protected by law, as are birds’ nests. “Contractors must conduct surveys to check for the presence of endangered species like bats and to make sure birds’ nests are not disturbed.

“If they are discovered during building work the work must stop and the relevant statutory nature conservation organisation has to be contacted and advice sought. In the case of bats, that’s the Bat Conservation Trust.”

Spider boom selected as powered access solution

The contractor was working to a tight schedule and called in powered access hire specialist JMS to assist in the carrying out a wildlife inspection.

A Teupen LEO 23GT spider boom lift was selected for the work. It has a maximum working height of 23 metres and, at just 980mm wide, can be driven through standard garden gates to reach houses and flats.

The spider boom’s low point loading model and all-terrain capability meant it could easily cope with being moved into position and set up across soft grassed areas around the property.

Tracked booms best for conservation and pest control

Scott Walker said: “It is common for builders and facilities management specialists to need to check for wildlife in hard to reach areas of properties, such as under roof eves, in roof spaces and in towers.

“Using tracked spider booms is often the most sensible way to gain access to these difficult spaces, because they can be moved quickly into position and allow a wildlife conservation or pest control specialist to work safely, quickly and with precision at height.

“Their articulating booms allow the operative to get around complex internal and external structures. Also, with the right additional protection, they can be operated across fragile floors in churches and listed buildings.”

Powered access for indoor and outdoor applications

The LEO 23GT spider boom lift is telescopic and articulated, offering an extremely flexible working envelope with a maximum 10-metre outreach.

It is equally suitable for outdoor work. Once in position, its multi-position stabiliser system automatically sets up the machine in confined areas and on slopes.

On rough terrain or over obstacles the stabilisers are capable of overcoming a height difference of 1.0m.

Large range of spider boom lifts available

JMS will always select the most appropriate machine for wildlife or building conservation work from its spider boom hire fleet.

Other tracked aerial platforms often used for the work include the ultra-compact Hinowa Goldlift spider boom lift, which has a maximum working height of 14 metres.

For working at height on larger structures, for example large churches and cathedrals, JMS can use the Teupen Leo 36T tracked boom, which can work at heights up to 35.5 metres.

JMS works to secure the future of bats

JMS is proud to play a part in providing quality powered access to help secure the future of endangered bats in the UK.

For more information about bats and the protection of bats, visit The Bat Conservation Trust website on

Contact us

If you have a project where the presence of bats and other protected species is suspected, contact our hire desk on 0845 457 0000 for advice on the right powered access platform to carry out your wildlife inspections.