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Some bat work can be carried out without holding a licence of any kind. Both volunteers and professionals can plan surveys and carry out bat detector activity surveys and emergence counts without requiring a licence. A licence is only needed if there is a possibility of disturbing bats ( entering a roost).

Please note that all bat survey licences require a significant amount of training and field experience; no single course will qualify you for a licence.

The licensing system differs slightly depending on which part of the UK you are in. For more information please download the relevant information document below. You can also contact your Statutory Nature Conservation Organisation (SNCO).

England - training for a licence

Scotland - training for a licence

Wales -  training for a licence

Northern Ireland - to come


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Professional Training Standards (1 MB) - 29/03/12
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