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 June (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 June).

There are separate class licences for Volunteer Bat Roost Visitors and all 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.

Training for VBRVs and new VBRV Trainers

For information about becoming a Volunteer Bat Roost Visitor with Natural England please see the Natural England volunteering pages on the GOV.UK website.

If you are already a VBRV and are interested in finding out how to become a VBRV trainer (including information about the next course, taking place in spring 2020) please see the BCT training web pages.

Useful licensing and Natural England volunteering web 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.