Quantock Ecology is one of a few consultancy firms able to register sites under the low impact class licence system. This licence applies to projects in England only.
The Bat Low Impact Class Licence permits the disturbance and capture of bats. In addition, the damage/destruction of no more than three low conservation significance roosts (affecting no more than three of the more common species of bats present in low numbers).
- “Low conservation significance roosts” are defined as feeding roosts, day, night and transitional/occasional roosts.
- “Common species” are currently defined as common pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle, brown long-eared, whiskered, Brandt’s, Daubenton’s and Natterer’s bat.
- “Low numbers” are not specifically defined but standing advice from Natural England suggests that low numbers should not collectively exceed nine bats.
The determination period of a bat low impact class licence is significantly less than for an individual licence, which has a determination period of between 30 – 40 working days. A site can be registered under the BLICL within 10 working days.
The bat low impact licence has a streamlined application process dramatically reducing the extent to which survey data and mitigation measures has to be documented. This results in a significantly faster application process for clients.
If you would like further information of the BLICL process, please contact us via the contact page.