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Useful Natural England Links

Useful Links to Natural England for Licensing and Bat Web Pages

All questions about Natural England licensing should be asked of the Natural England licensing team (see contact details below).

For more information about training for bat licences in the UK, see the BCT training pages.

Class licences and returns

The class licence documents are re-issued for 1 January each year and made available via the publications section of the GOV.UK website (enter the keywords 'bat class licence' in the 'contains' search box).

Annual returns are all due by the end of April (to cover the period from and including 1 April to 31 March). Under the class licensing system all registered persons have the same reporting deadline (by 30 April).

There are separate class licences for Volunteer Bat Roost Visitors and other bat survey work (both voluntary and professional). The above deadlines apply to both the VBRV and survey class licences. 

Contacts for licensing queries

Contacts for VBRV (non-licensing) queries

Please note that the teams work to a standard ten-day response time. For relevant contact names and and telephone numbers please refer to the latest edition of The Batline*, Natural England's newsletter for bat volunteers (if you are registered as a VBRV or trainee VBRV but do not receive copies of the newsletter please email the Natural England Volunteer Support Advisers.

Useful licensing and Natural England volunteering links

*Please note these pages have not been transferred to GOV.UK (Natural England licensing and most of the bat related pages were transferred to the GOV.UK website in October 2014) and remain on an archived site as static pages.

Find out more

Bat Class Licencing Summary (158 KB) - 11/09/15
Brief summary of what each Class Licence for VBRVs and Surveyors covers

Bat Advice Contract Summary (395 KB) - 01/11/16
Summary of what is covered by the Bat Advice Contract that BCT has with Natural England covering roost visits.

Operational Health & Safety for Volunteer Bat Roost Visitors (3 MB) - 05/04/18
Natural England guidance on health and safety for their Volunteer Bat Roost Visitors and Trainees

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