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Planning for Protected Species

This is a half day course which will enable planners to deal effectively with bats, as protected species, in their day to day role. The course is offered as a half day in-house option or as a webinar (split into two sessions). The course closely follows the Interactive Bat Protocol and will cover the obligations of local planning authorities in relation to bats and the key stages within the planning process at which bats should be considered (pre-application and validation, decision making and determination). Each course will be specifically tailored to the needs of the attendees and local planning authority.


By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Recognise that bats are a material consideration in the planning process
  • Describe bat protection, ecology and habitat preferences
  • Understand local authority obligations to protected species
  • Recognise when a bat survey is required and if sufficient information has been submitted
  • Recognise if proposals are likely to result in an offence
  • Describe what planning conditions can be imposed
  • Recognise when a European Protected Species Licence may be required

 Brown long-eared bat (Hugh Clark)

Course options

In-house face to face course

A half day (four hour) course delivered by one of our experienced tutors at your office. We will provide a tutor and all resources, cover travel expenses of the tutor and deliver at your venue at a time suitable to you.


Webinar option

Two sessions (each session is two hours) delivered via a webinar. With this option attendees can be present together in one room or log in and attend the conference individually at their own workstations. Relevant course materials are sent out prior to the course and support given in logging on to the webinar.


Booking and more information

If you are interested in booking this course please contact the training team to discuss your needs and for more information.


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