Natural England - Wildlife Management and Licensing

Wildlife Management and Licensing

Certain species of animals and plants found in the wild in the UK are legally protected from being harmed or disturbed by a range of legislation. It is possible to get licences for certain activities that would otherwise be illegal and receive a range of advice on licensing and wildlife management from Natural England.

Searching for advice and licences has just got easier. You can now search for advice, licences and forms by individual species.

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(13 August 2014)  Following the recent launch of our new licence application forms, as part of the new Casework Management (CWM) system, several issues with the application forms have been identified which are causing problems for our customers. We’d like to apologise to everyone who has had difficulties. 
We shall review the all the issues by the end of September 2014 and improve the whole process as soon as possible. In the meantime please contact our enquiries team if you need any advice.

(6 August 2014)Class licence WML-CL22: to permit the release of non native subspecies of the bumblebee (bombus terrestris) in commercial glass-houses or poly-tunnels for crop pollination and researchexternal link - proposal not to renew after 31 December 2014 and replace with an individual licence.

(30 July 2014) Natural England has released the July EPS mitigation licensing newsletter: (235kb)pdf document. This contains information on dormouse annexed licensing, improving licensing capability and a link to the Smarter Guidance consultation. For all previous issues see the EPS newsletter page.

(4 July 2014) Natural England is still experiencing significant shortfalls in our capacity to assess EPS licence applications, particularly those for great crested newts. We are aware of a number of outstanding cases and are taking steps to process these as quickly as we can. We are doing all we can to process new applications within our 30 working days target, regrettably however this may not always be possible. We will notify you if we cannot meet this timeframe.

We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience any delays may cause you. To help us please submit your applications as early as possible and read the relevent species guidance before you start.

Contact our Enquiries team on 0300 060 3900 or e-mail if you need to track the progess of your application.

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