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05 May 2015
Simon Colenutt is now a Registered Consultant for the new class licence by Natural England (BLICL), following a rigorous selection process, training and examination.
ECOSA is now in a position to offer a faster path to European Species Mitigation (EPSM) licensing - for bat roosts of low conservation status.
This is excellent timing for the 2015 bat survey season, which is just commencing. The level of survey work required for the BLICL remains the same as for a traditional EPSM licence application. Simon is one of the few to have been given the opportunity to achieve accreditation in the first round.
Where affected bat roosts have more than a small number of individuals or any but the 6 most common bat species, an EPSM licence will still need to be obtained with the associated lead times. It is expected that nationally, at least for 2015, demand will greatly exceed supply for the new BLICL approach to licensing.
Simon comments: "This new class licence affords us the opportunity to significantly improve turnaround for some of our clients and reduce the burden on the over-stretched resources at Natural England."