Get a general licence to capture and temporarily possess live bats to test for European bat lyssavirus and kill those with the virus (licence GL25).
As an authorised person, you need a licence to capture, possess or transport live bats for the purpose of testing for European bat lyssavirus (EBLV), a type of rabies. You also need a licence to kill any bats with the virus.
You are an authorised person if you’re:
- a bat worker registered or working with the Bat Conservation Trust
- an employee of approved quarantine facilities engaged in official business
- an employee of the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) acting under the direction of APHA veterinary inspectors while engaged in official business
- a member or fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
You don’t need to apply for this general licence but you must meet its conditions and follow its instructions.