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Bat Low Impact Class Licence (BLICL)

Abricon Limited Ecology Director Jana Prapotnikova is a Registered Consultant (RC).    And can register sites under Bat Low Impact Class Licence (BLICL).

Aim of Bat Low Impact Class Licence new system is to provide a more efficient and proportionate approach to licensing for bats in certain circumstances.  The objective for introducing this license is to provide a more streamlined service for developers that is appropriate to situations where effects on bats can be easily mitigated (but which still require a licence to derogate the law).


The determination period of a BLICL is 10 working days compared to the individual European Protected Species License (EPSL) for bats which has a determination period of 30 working days.

BLICL streamlined application process results in a significantly faster and therefore cheaper application facility for clients!

Key Features

  •  RC and register under their BLICL all year round
  • determination period is 10 working days
  • You can register a site a minimum of 15 working days and no more than 12 weeks prior to undertaking any licensable works
  • Licensable works completed within 6 months

Included in BLICL:

The BLICL permits the disturbance and capture of bats and/or damage/destruction of no more that 3 low conservation significance roosts affecting no more that 3 of the more common species of bats present in low numbers:

  • “low conservation significance roosts” include feeding roosts, day and night roosts and transitional/occasional roosts.
  • “common species” include common pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle, brown long-eared, whiskered, Brandt’s, Daubenton’s and Natterer’s bats.

Things To Remember:

  • Site survey work must follow BCT survey guidelines and must be up to date; it must be from the “current or most recent optimal season”.  May-August being optimal season. For more infor on Bat Surveys please click here.
  • As with a standard EPS licence, appropriate consents must be in place for the works affecting bats.  Therefore you will need to have discharged all related planning conditions.
  • As these are low impact situations, there is no expectation for compensation to be provided. However, one feature/box for each species/roost affected would be considered appropriate.
  • There is no provision for monitoring with BLICL
  • The licence is in the name of the RC and not the developer.  Therefore it is the responsibility of the RC to ensure works are carried out correctly.  Reporting any problems appropriately.  Enforcement will come in for the form of regular compliance checks.
  • The BLICL is a personal licence and linked to a Registered Consultant (RC).  Therefore any site under BLICL would be in the name of that RC.  The RC can retract the BLICL at any time if they deem it to be appropriate.

A call to Abricon for your BLICL needs may actually save you money.

Contact Us Now For Advice And Guidance On Registering Your Sites Under BLICL.

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A look back at our 2018 #ecology season. Photos show a female (yellowish) and male (blue) keeled skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens. Locally common in wet heathland. Key ID features for #dragonflies include colours and patterns on their thorax, abdomen and wings. @BDSdragonflies https://t.co/mrw2s7VDqK

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