Two assistant ecologists at Focus Environmental Consultants have been awarded bat licences by Natural England, expanding the capabilities of the Worcester-based team.
Lucy Moorhouse, who obtained her Class 1 bat licence, had to log a minimum of 100 hours of bat survey experience, as well as attend training courses to gain a wealth of knowledge on bats.
Aimmie Woodman, who now has a Class 2 bat licence, had to not only prove a wealth of knowledge, but also prove vast experience in handling bats.
As bats are a European protected species, it is illegal to disturb them and their roosts in any way unless licensed to do so by Natural England.
Both licences mean that Lucy and Aimmie are qualified to carry out certain bat surveys without supervision and can take the lead on numerous projects.
Lucy said: “Since getting my licence I have been the lead on multiple projects and I’m really enjoying gaining lots of different experiences.”