Consultation outcome

Wildlife licensing: comment on a new licence to move water voles for development purposes

This consultation has concluded

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Business engagement assessment: impact of the licence on businesses

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Detail of outcome

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Original consultation

Summary

Natural England is seeking views on the proposal to issue a new class licence to permanently move water voles for development purposes (licence CL31).

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Consultation description

Water voles and their burrows are protected by the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (as amended), which means they need to be kept safe from harm or injury where development is allowed to take place.

Natural England proposes a new class licence for ecological consultants to allow the movement of water voles from locations in England where legal development activities could disturb, injure or kill them or damage their burrows.

Under the new licence ecological consultants can continue with best practice management whilst reducing the risk of prosecution.

Documents

New class licence: to permanently move water voles for development purposes (draft licence CL31)

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Business engagement assessment: possible impact of the licence on businesses

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Published 31 August 2015
Last updated 21 January 2016 + show all updates
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