Course Date: 8th – 10th October 2019
Course location: Minerva Mill Innovation Centre, Station Road, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 5ET


This training course will provide ecological consultants with the knowledge required to complete a successful EPSML application to Natural England for developments that do not meet the criteria for a Bat Mitigation Class Licence (i.e. low impact licences). Although the course will focus on how to write a successful EPS mitigation licence application to Natural England, delegates will obtain transferrable skills for the submission of similar applications to Natural Resources Wales and Scottish Natural Heritage.

Who should attend?

No previous EPSML experience is necessary! The course is open to any Ecological Consultants who have an interest in preparing EPSML applications. Ecologists need to have held a Level 2 Bat Class Survey Licence for a minimum of 2 years to become an EPSML Named Ecologist in accordance with Natural England requirements. However, this does not prevent you from assisting more experienced colleagues with preparing EPSML applications until you can become a Named Ecologist yourself!

Course content:

8th October 2019
Day 1 –  Bat Mitigation for EPSML Applications

Appropriate bat mitigation required for different roost types of different bat species.

9th October 2019
Day 2 – Introduction to EPSML Applications

The application process, preparation of an EPSML application, and the responsibilities of the Named Ecologist.

10th October 2019
Day 3 – Complex EPSML Applications

Phased Developments and applications that require Reasoned Statements.

The course is designed so that delegates can build on the knowledge acquired each day. To achieve an in-depth understanding of the EPSML Application process it is recommended to attend all three days.

Course Costs:

£175+VAT per day, reduced to £150+VAT per day if you book two days, and £125+VAT per day if you book all three days.

Day 1 only = £175+VAT

Day 1 & Day 2 only = £300+VAT

Day 1, 2 & 3 = £375+VAT

Spaces are limited.

Tutor: Jo Gregory is Senior Consultant at Arbtech Consulting Ltd and has had over 200 EPSMLs for bats granted by Natural England. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience and has worked closely with Wildlife Advisers at Natural England over the past 5 years. Jo is also a Registered Consultant with Natural England for Bat Mitigation Class Licences (Low Impact).

Course enquiries should be emailed to: [email protected]