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Bat LICL applications - Update from NE

Bat LICL applications - Update from NE

08 Sep 2017

Due to feedback from ecologists on the criteria and process for applications, Natural England extended the types of licence that may be used as supporting evidence when applying to become a Registered Consultant able to use the CL21 – Bat Low Impact Class Licence.

Natural England will now accept applications listing, as supporting evidence, a maximum of two bat mitigation licences granted since 2016 for up to three of the following species: 

  • Common pipistrelle;
  • Soprano pipistrelle;
  • Brown long-eared;
  • Natterer's;
  • Daubenton's;
  • Whiskered; and
  • Brandt's, in small numbers for low conservation status roosts (day, night, feeding perches, transitional/occasional).

Previously Natural England were not accepting any of these licences being supplied as evidence on the application form. Any such licences listed will be subject to additional checks to ensure that they demonstrate a sufficient level of experience to be accepted as supporting evidence.  See below for a more detailed explanation:

Assessment of low impact bat applications

  • Since 2016 Natural England has applied a risk-based approach to assessing applications for bat mitigation licences, using a lower level of checks on applications relating to low conservation status roosts. This has allowed Natural England to target limited resources onto assessing applications for higher impact activities.

Impact on the Bat Low Impact Class Licence

  • In order to maintain the integrity of the application criteria for the Bat Low Impact Class Licence (CL21), Natural England has previously excluded licences where lower levels of checks have been applied.
  • As time goes on, excluding such licences will limit opportunities for people to apply to become a Registered Consultant under CL21. Natural England is therefore now permitting a maximum of two of these licences to be used as supporting evidence in a CL21 application for Registration.
  • Where licences subject to lower levels of checks are listed in a Registered Consultant application, the applications for those licences will be subject to additional checks before acceptance as supporting evidence. This is to ensure that they meet the standard required to give Natural England confidence that Registered Consultants have the necessary experience and knowledge to operate under CL21.

QA of low impact bat applications

  • Additional checks of low impact licences submitted as supporting evidence for CL21 applications will also form part of Natural England's monitoring of the suitability of this approach.
  • Higher levels of compliance checking on these cases will also contribute to Natural England's monitoring of this approach.

The window to apply under the Bat Low Impact Class Licence will remain open and instructions to apply can be found here.

 For any further information contact BatLowImpactCL@naturalengland.org.uk.

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