Statutory guidance

Bats: survey class licence for volunteer bat roost visitors (level 1) (CL15)

Licence to survey bats for conservation purposes.

Applies to England

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This licence allows Natural England-registered volunteer bat roost visitors (VBRVs) and Natural England-registered trainee VBRVs 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 Natural England’s Bat Advice Service.

You need a level 2 licence to train VBRVs.

Surveys must be for the conservation of bats.

Activities not covered

This licence does not cover you for any other volunteering activities and does not 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 do not need to apply for it but you must register with Natural England as follows.

  1. Use the VBRV expression of interest form - you must do this first.
  2. Use the disturb or take bats application form (Class-A34).

Report action taken

You must return a report of action taken under a VBRV class licence (LR-CL15-16) no later than 30 June 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 Natural England’s Bat Advice Service.

This form is also used to renew your registration.

Published 6 October 2014
Last updated 1 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. Annual licence update.

  2. Accessible version of licence - HTML.

  3. Licence has been amended to state that reports of action taken must now be returned by 30 June each year.

  4. Reports of action taken must now be returned by 30 June each year (was 30 April).

  5. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2020

  6. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2019

  7. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2018.

  8. Annual licence update 2017.

  9. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2016.

  10. new version of CL15 valid from 1 January to 31 December 2015.

  11. First published.