Bats, hazel dormouse, great crested newts, natterjack toad, sand lizard and otters are European Protected Species. As such, to undertake some surveys and handling of these species, you must hold the relevant survey licence from Natural England. There are different levels of licence depending on what type of surveys you wish to undertake. The licence types are listed below:
Note that if you are interested in botany, you can work towards attaining a Field Identification Skills Certificate (FISC) from the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI). You undertake a day-long practical assessment and your skills rated using a pyramid from a scale of 1 (beginner) to 5 (professional), with level 6 only awarded in exceptional cases. Please see more information on their website. Note that FISCs are not yet offered in Scotland, Wales or Ireland.
This is entirely dependent on a range of factors, such as what surveys you are able to shadow on, how much spare time you have for volunteering, which courses you attend, and how quickly you become confident in understanding each species and applying your knowledge. The best place to start is to keep a log of all the work you undertake around your species of choice, as this is important when applying to Natural England and understanding if you are at the correct level of skill and confidence to use the licence. For great crested newts and dormice, the logbooks below can be a useful place to record this.
CSCS = Construction Skills Certification Scheme
“CSCS cards provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the appropriate training and qualifications for the job they do on site. By ensuring the workforce are appropriately qualified the card plays its part in improving standards and safety on UK construction sites.
Holding a CSCS card is not a legislative requirement. It is entirely up to the principal contractor or client whether workers are required to hold a card before they are allowed on site. However, most principal contractors and major house builders require construction workers on their sites to hold a valid card.”– CSCS
To obtain this card you must undertake and complete a Register of Land Operatives (ROLO) course, and you then need to pass a separate CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) test which can be undertaken at test centres like those used for theory driving tests.
You will need both a ROLO course certificate and a certificate to say you passed the CITB test to apply for a CSCS card.