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 April 2014) Natural England has released an April EPS mitigation licensing newsletter: (240kb). This contains information on bat annexed licensing and the use of eDNA sampling to support GCN licence applications. For all previous issues see the EPS newsletter page.
(25 March 2014) The bat licensing process has been simplified to help more applications receive a licence on the first submission. This process is explained in the annexed licence frequently asked questions: (286kb). A revised method statement and a new work schedule template is now available for immediate use on our application forms page. For further details, see the latest EPS newsletter: (285kb).
(20 March 2014) A new service to manage all customer details, applications and returns for protected species licensing is due to be launched online for customers on 31 March 2014. We are strongly encouraging all of our customers to use the online system when it becomes available. However, for any customers who are unable to do so (e.g. no access to a computer or a viable internet connection or due to accessibility requirements) revised application forms have been produced. Please see Casework Management system (CWM) launch: (52kb) for more information.
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(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.
(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.