A TRIAL of a new "lighter-touch" bat licence has been judged
successful, and is likely to be implemented more widely this
summer, Natural England has confirmed.
The new licence covers work affecting low-conservation-status
roosts and small numbers of the common bat species. It is designed
to be simpler, reducing administrative and financial costs for
churches, businesses, and householders.
The chief executive of Natural England, Dave Webster, said:
"This trial is benefitting a number of customers, allowing them to
take a more flexible approach when dealing with small bat
New research carried out by academics at the University of
Bristol, funded by the Department for Rural Affairs, suggests that
lights and acoustic devices can help direct bats away from
Anne Sloman, who chairs the Church Buildings Council, said that
the research was useful, but that it urgently needed to be
translated into practical action for churches.