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Bats: licence to disturb or take bats for science or conservation (A34, Class-A34 and LR34)

Apply for a licence for science or conservation purposes, or register for a class licence to visit roosts as a volunteer or do surveys; find out if you need to pay and how to report your actions.

Documents

Application form for a licence to disturb or take bats for science, education and conservation (A34)

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Charge screening form for an application or a licence modification (A34)

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Application form for a class licence to visit sites as a voluntary bat roost visitor or carry out surveys (Class-A34)

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Report form for actions taken under both licences (LR34)

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Details

Apply for an A34 personal licence

Use form A34 to apply for a personal:

  • research licence for scientific projects
  • licence for photography or other special projects

To apply for a personal licence you need to include:

  • the application form (A34)
  • the charge screening form, to find out if you need to pay
  • a project plan showing the objectives of the project and why the work is necessary

When you may need to pay

You may need to pay for an A34 licence for certain development work and filming when you apply, renew or amend it. Natural England will assess your charge screening form and tell you:

  • if you need to pay
  • how much you’ll pay

Read the terms and conditions for paying for a wildlife licence.

When you do not need to pay

You will not pay to apply, renew or amend an A34 licence if it’s for:

  • use by a volunteer
  • science or education
  • ringing or marking bats
  • conserving bats
  • protecting any zoological collection

How to pay

Natural England will send you an invoice when it approves your application.

You can pay by:

  • electronic bank transfer
  • debit or credit card by telephone - except American Express
  • cheque

Your invoice will give details for these payment methods.

You need to include the invoice number with your payment so Natural England can match it to your application.

VAT does not apply to charges for wildlife licences.

Natural England accepts purchase orders. If you want Natural England to add a purchase number to your invoice, you must include it in the invoice details in your charge form.

How to request a change to your existing A34 licence

Use report form LR34 on this page to request an amendment to your A34 licence.

You need to complete:

  • report form LR34 - give details in Section 3, such as adding species or sites, or changing the project plan
  • the charge screening form if the amendment is to a licence applied for before 22 April 2019, to find out if you need to pay

You must quote the licence reference number.

Apply for a Class-A34 licence to visit sites as a volunteer bat roost visitor (VBRV) or carry out surveys

Use form Class A-34 to apply for a:

  • level 1 VBRV licence (allows you to do visits for Natural England’s bat advice service)
  • level 2 VBRV licence (allows you to train new volunteers towards their level 1 licence)
  • bat survey licence for science or education

When applying for your first level 1 VBRV licence you must:

When applying for your first level 2 VBRV licence you must:

  • already have a level 1 licence
  • already be registered as a Natural England volunteer
  • have completed Natural England’s ‘train the trainer’ course

This class licence is free.

You need a different licence to capture, disturb or transport bats, or damage their roosts.

References

You may need to complete a reference form when you apply for these licences if you:

  • have not held a licence for the species or a similar species for the last 3 years
  • have a licence but want to add new methods

How to report your actions

You must report any actions you took under an A34 or Class-A34 licence using report form LR34 on this page. Email or post your report to Natural England using the details on the form.

You must report no later than 2 weeks after your licence expires, even if you’ve taken no action.

Published 6 October 2014
Last updated 22 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. Replaced the 2 existing charge screening forms (for new applications and for modifications) with a single form that covers both requests.

  2. Replaced Class 34 VBRV survey licence application form with version that corrects errors where entered data was duplicated in other boxes.

  3. Added charge screening form for renewal of or amendment to an A34 licence.

  4. Added sections on 'When you need to pay' and 'How to pay', charge screening form and updated application form.

  5. Separate class licence registration form Class-A34 added for volunteer bat roost visitor and survey use.

  6. Replaced application and form report with revised, interactive PDF versions.

  7. First published.