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.
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(30 July 2014) Natural England has released the July EPS mitigation licensing newsletter: (235kb). 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 email@example.com if you need to track the progess of your application.
We are committed to providing a high quality service.
(1 July 2014) A new simpler licensing process, which comes into force on 1 July, will save developers and consultants time and money should they need to make minor amendment to dormouse licences.
(22 May 2014) Find out the truth behind our consultation proposals on changing the licensing arrangements for robin, starling and wagtail nests.
(28 March 2014) Natural England today welcomed the publication by Defra of a study which includes an evaluation of the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) to detect great crested newts in water.
(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.