Bats: licences for possession
NatureScot can issue licences for the possession of bats for scientific, research or educational purposes.
All bats, both dead and alive, are protected under the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994
If you have a dead bat, or part of a dead bat, that was collected since June 1994, you must have a licence to possess it legally.
NatureScot can issue licences for the possession of bats for scientific, research or educational purposes. For a licence to be issued, you must be able to clearly show the scientific or educational purpose.
Such a licence is used to permit, for example:
- scientists to use bat samples for research
- museums, schools or ranger services to display dead bats for educational purposes
How to apply
To apply for a licence to possess a bat, email [email protected].
You should include:
- your name, address and telephone number
- the number and nature (whole or part) of individual specimens
- the species of specimens
- the purpose of possession
- the date and location where specimens were found
- where specimens will be kept
Licence changes and renewals
You should get in touch if you wish to amend a licence. But check your licence conditions first: you may be able to appoint agents and assistants without having to get them named on your licence.
Find out about adding persons to a licence.
You must also remember to contact us to renew your licence. Licences aren’t renewed automatically.
If you already have a licence number, include it in the subject line of your email, or have it to hand when you call.