Consultation outcome

Wildlife legislation in England: General and Class Licences

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

See the press release for information about the outcome of this consulation.

Original consultation


Natural England is seeking views on proposed changes to the General and Class Licences.

This consultation was held on another website.

This consultation ran from

Consultation description

These licences are periodically reviewed, and Natural England consults with stakeholders and the general public on proposed changes and seeks views on broader topics.

The themes of this consultation include:

  • the management of conflict species

  • the trapping and welfare of animals

  • sale, exhibition and possession of protected species

  • improving compliance with the licences

  • changes related to obligations under the EU Birds Directive

This consultation will be of interest to anyone who uses a General or Class Licence, and organisations representing the interests of licence users and/or protected species.

This consultation is also held on Defra’s consultation hub.

Published 24 February 2014