Bats: licence to take and possess live bats for rabies testing

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, 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.