Low impact bat mitigation licensing

Ecological mitigation and compensation planning & implementation | Habitat and fauna surveys

Applied Ecology has successfully registered and implemented bat roost mitigation and compensation at over 75 different development sites across England and Scotland under Natural England’s mitigation class licence (CL21), and NatureScot’s bat low impact licence.

Applied Ecology can advise whether your development will adversely impact bats and, if so, whether it should be implemented under a low impact licence or a more conventional bat mitigation licence to avoid a potential offence being committed under wildlife law.

The aim of the low impact licence is to mitigate and compensate damage or disturbance of bat roosts of relatively low conservation status more quickly and easily compared to conventional bat licencing.  The low impact licence site registration process will typically take a few days to complete compared to the typical 30+ working days for a conventional bat licence.

Once a site is successfully registered under the low impact scheme, the Applied Ecology Registered Consultant, typically working with the demolition or building contractor, will carefully remove any bat roost features about a building and safely relocate any bat found to an alternative roost site – most typically a bat box installed by the Registered Consultant somewhere nearby

  1. Common pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus in a verge gap exposed following the hand-removal of roof tiles prior to building demolition under a low impact licence
  2. Common pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus bat re-housed to a pole mounted bat box following a low impact licence soft-strip of a building
  3. Brown long-eared bat Plecotus auritus safely captured as part of a low impact licence soft-strip of timber cladding on a derelict building prior to its demolition
  4. Pipistrelle bat droppings exposed behind the hand-removal of a timber facia board on the gable end of a barn being redeveloped under a low impact licence
  5. Pipistrelle bat droppings behind a hanging tile removed as part of a low impact licence soft-strip prior to building demolition
  6. Soft-strip of timber cladding from a mobile elevated working platform prior to building demolition under a low impact licence