Training for a Bat Licence
Natural England provides free advice to householders who have or think they may have bats. Commonly this relates
to queries about insulation, timber treatment and the need to undertake minor repairs to roofs or soffits. Sometimes the householder may simply have concerns about bats and need reassurance and information. Volunteer bat wardens visit the householder and offer this support. The bat warden then discusses the issues and nature of any bat roost with Natural England who then provide written advice to the householder. The householder must follow this advice in order not to break the law. The advice offered sometimes extends to churches but does not include any areas of significant works (for example where planning permission is required). Advice does not extend to work on trees, bridges or underground sites.
People wishing to become bat wardens must undertake training so that eventually they can hold a conservation bat survey licence. Until that time they can only operate under the direct supervision of a trainer or another licenced bat
warden. This training is organised through Natural England but delivered by volunteer bat wardens who have a licence to train people for the scheme.
Although bat warden training is very rewarding and enjoyable it does not aim to train people to provide advice on some of the issues that are likely to be encountered when dealing with development issues. In fact the conservation licence does not permit the disturbance of bats outside the purposes of the bat warden scheme (e.g. consultancy survey work prior to planning applications or development).
If one is seeking to acquire a bat licence in order to conduct consultancy work a science and education bat licence is required. Those interested in obtaining a licence for consultancy purposes should in the first instance contact the Bat Conservation Trust or IEEM for information on appropriate training.
Bat Group Training
As a member of the bat group a number of opportunities exist to learn bat survey skills, we have many members experienced in using bat detectors that are happy to help others develop and hone their skills during bat walks that we provide. We hold talks and occasional workshops on subjects such as of bat identification, general aspects of species biology and bat ecology. There are also opportunities to gain field experience by getting involved in some of our research work.
For more information on any of the above, please feel free to contact us.
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