Class licences for wildlife management
Register to use a class licence for activities that need specific skill or experience to avoid risk to the conservation or welfare of a protected species.
If you plan to act under the authority of a class licence you:
- must be registered to use most class licences
- need to apply to be registered for each licence you use
- remain eligible to use the licence(s) for as long as you remain registered
- meet the recording and reporting requirement for each licence
- might need to pay to register or renew a class licence - each licence will tell you if you’ll need to pay
You should use a general licence for activities that have a lower risk for conservation or the welfare of a protected species.
For further information see Wildlife licences: when you need to apply.
- Bumblebees: licence for emergency release of non-native species for pollination or research (CL28)
- Bumblebees: licence to release non-native species in commercial premises for research (CL34)
- Little whirlpool ramshorn snails: licence to do ditch maintenance (CL14)
- White-clawed crayfish: licence to catch them to carry out maintenance (CL23)
- White-clawed crayfish: survey or research licence (CL11)
- Badgers: licence for internal drainage boards to interfere with setts for drainage operations (CL27)
- Badgers: licence for the Forestry Commission to interfere with setts for forestry operations (CL26)
- Badgers: licence to interfere with setts (CL35)
- Bats: mitigation class licence to allow low impact work on bat roosts (CL21)
- Bats: survey class licence for volunteer bat roost visitors (level 1) (CL15)
- Bats: survey class licence for volunteer bat roost visitors (level 2) (CL16)
- Bats: survey or research level 1 licence (CL17)
- Bats: survey or research level 2 licence (CL18)
- Bats: survey or research level 3 licence (CL19)
- Bats: survey or research level 4 licence (CL20)
- Beavers: licence to capture, transport and re-release beavers or modify or remove beaver dams, burrows and lodges (CL50)
- Beavers: licence to modify or remove dams, burrows and lodges (CL51)
- Beavers: licence to modify or remove dams (CL52)
- Edible dormice: licence to trap them (CL02)
- Hazel dormice: survey or research - level 1 licence (CL10a)
- Hazel dormice: survey or research - level 2 licence (CL10b)
- Otters: licence to capture and transport those trapped in fisheries to prevent damage (CL36)
- Water voles: licence to displace them (CL31)
- Water voles: licence to displace them for work on flood defences, water courses or drainage systems (CL24)
Last updated 2 September 2022 + show all updates
Added 3 documents to the 'mammals' group: 1. 'Beavers: licence to capture and transport beavers or modify or remove beaver dams, burrows and lodges (CL50)'. 2. 'Beavers: licence to modify or remove dams, burrows and lodges (CL51)'. 3. 'Beavers: licence to modify or remove dams (CL52)'.
Page updated for new licences issued on 1 January 2016.