Statutory guidance

Bats: survey or research licence (level 1) (CL17)

Get a licence to disturb bats using torches when doing surveys, research or conservation work.

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This licence allows you to disturb bats (but not hibernating bats) using torches.

To carry out other survey techniques you need a:

You need a separate personal licence to do anything not covered by this licence.

Register with Natural England

This is a class licence. You do not need to apply for it but you must register with Natural England first using the form to visit sites as a volunteer bat roost visitor or carry out a survey (Class-A34).

You do not need to send in this form if you have a personal survey licence for bats.

References

You usually need to send a reference form when you register for this licence if:

  • you have not held a licence for the species or a similar species for the last 3 years
  • you have a licence but want to add new methods

Report action taken

You must return a report of action taken under a bat survey or research licence form no later than 30 June each year, even if you’ve taken no action.

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. Added accessible version - 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 CL17 valid from 1 January to 31 December 2015.

  11. First published.