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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(10 March 2014) We are currently experiencing some unplanned shortfalls in our capacity to assess EPS licence applications, particularly those for great crested newts. Whilst we will do our best to process your application within our 30 working days target, please be aware that this may not always be possible. If this timeframe cannot be met, we will advise you as to when we expect to be able to issue the decision. We apologise for the inconvenience any delays in our service may cause you.
(4 February 2014) Under the Accountability for Regulator Impact Scheme, Natural England has today published its Business Engagement Assessment (BEA) for changes we plan to make to the EPS licensing process. If you wish to comment, please respond by 26 February 2014.
(27 January 2014) A new online service to manage all customer details, applications and returns for wildlife licensing will be introduced shortly. Please see the Casework Management system (CWM) information document: (40kb) for an update about progress.
We are committed to providing a high quality service.
(5 March 2014) Natural England and National Grid have agreed a responsible and proactive approach to the management and licensing of nesting birds.
(24 February 2014) Natural England is seeking views on proposed changes to the General and Class Licences, which are issued under wildlife legislation.
(14 January 2014) Landowners are helping protect the rare little whirlpool ramshorn snail by following Natural England’s protocol, which sets out advice on how to maintain ditches without destroying the invertebrate’s vital habitat.
(18 December 2013) A new licensing process for great crested newts is saving developers and their consultants time and helping Natural England meet its target to reduce the costs for those it regulates.
(14 October 2013) A research project has been carried out at St Hilda’s, a Saxon church in Ellerburn, North Yorkshire, where the resident bat population has posed problems for the building and its congregation for a number of years.
(8 October 2013) Work is well underway to re-home great crested newts at Norton Bridge, Staffordshire, as part of Network Rail’s Stafford Area Improvements Programme – a £250m package of works designed to deliver performance improvements on the West Coast Main Line.
(24 May 2013) The population of lesser black-backed gulls at Bowland – which is a nationally important one - has declined in recent years. We are currently concerned at its low status.
(23 May 2013) The recovery of the common buzzard population in England is a fantastic conservation success story and we should celebrate the fact that they can regularly be seen soaring above the countryside in most areas of the country.
(22 May 2013) In February, Natural England confirmed that all criteria had been met to allow badger control to take place during the open season* in the pilot areas of west Somerset and west Gloucestershire, for the purpose of preventing the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB).
(17 May 2013) New guidance for bat surveyors and researchers on the use of capture and marking techniques, permissible under the authority of an appropriate licence, has been published by Natural England today.