Licence to survey bats for conservation purposes (licence CL15).
This licence allows Natural England registered volunteer bat roost visitors (or trainees registered with Natural England accompanying them) to:
- disturb bats
- take bats
- use artificial light like a torch
- use endoscopes
- use hand nets
- use static hand-held nets
This licence only allows you to carry out activities for the Natural England Bat Advisory Service.
You need a level 2 licence to train volunteer bat roost visitors.
Surveys must be for the conservation of bats.
Activities not covered
This licence doesn’t cover you for any other volunteering activities and doesn’t allow you to survey:
- for science, education or research
- for development
- hibernation sites
- for the national bat monitoring programme
Register with Natural England
This is a class licence – you don’t need to apply for it but you must:
- register as a Natural England volunteer using the volunteer bat roost visitor expression of interest form (you must do this first)
- register with Natural England using the disturb or take bats application form (A34)
Report action taken
You must return a report of action taken under a volunteer bat roost visitor class licence form (LR-CL15-16) no later than 30 April each year, even if you’ve taken no action.
If you fail to do this, you’re no longer registered to act under the licence and cannot carry out roost visits for the Natural England Bat Advice Service.
This form is also used to renew your registration.