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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(31 October 2013) Following a 6-month internal review of the GCN annexed licence process some of the documents have been revised slightly for ease of use. Please always download the latest versions from our GCN web page
(30 October 2013) Natural England sent a mail shot to all Local Planning Authorities in September 2013 explaining, and setting the context of, the bat low impact class licence trial: (162kb). A copy of the letter has been added to our EPS newsletter pages.
(30 October 2013) Natural England’s ‘capture and marking bats’ guidance note: (180kb) published in May 2013 has been amended to clarify that it should rarely be necessary to track more than 10% or 10 individuals from a roost over the course of a study.
(30 October 2013) A mail shot was sent to all stakeholders in August 2013 about the GCN annexed licence process: (26kb). This new process applies to any new licence application or resubmission, but not modifications of non-annexed licences, where all previously licensed documents should be submitted.
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(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.