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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Latest news

(10 April 2014) Natural England has released an April EPS mitigation licensing newsletter: (240kb)pdf document. 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)pdf document. 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)pdf document

(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)pdf document for more information.

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