Licence to survey bats for conservation and to train volunteer bat roost visitors (licence CL16).
This licence allows Natural England registered volunteer bat roost visitors (or trainees registered with NE accompanying them) to:
- train unlicensed volunteer bat roost visitors
- disturb bats
- take bats
- use artificial light like a torch
- use endoscopes
- use hand nets
This licence is only for activities carried out for the Natural England Bat Advice Service.
To get this licence you must already:
- hold a level 1 survey class licence for volunteer bat roost visitors
- be registered as an Natural England volunteer
- have successfully completed an Natural England-provided ‘train the trainer’ course
The survey must be for the conservation of bats.
Use a level 1 licence if you don’t need to train bat roost visitors.
Activities not covered
This licence doesn’t cover you for any other volunteering activities or 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 with Natural England as a volunteer using the volunteer bat roost visitor expression of interest form
- register with Natural England using the disturb or take bats application form (A34)
You must register as an Natural England volunteer before you register to use the licence.
Report action taken
You must return a report of action taken under a volunteer bat roost visitor 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.
This form is also used to renew your registration.