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Bumblebees: licence to release non-native species in commercial premises for research

Get a licence to release non-native bumblebees in commercial glasshouses as part of the Tomato Growers Association bee pollinator research project (licence CL34).

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Licence to release non-native bumblebees in glasshouses for research (CL34)

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You can register to release non-native bumblebee colonies in commercial glasshouses if you own or manage a horticultural business or a research establishment that’s taking part in the Tomato Growers Association bee pollinator research project.

This licence allows you to release these species and their hybrids:

  • Bombus terrestris terrestris
  • Bombus terrestris dalmatinus

If you’re not taking part in the research project you might be able to register to use class licence CL28.

How to register to use this licence

You can only use this licence if you are registered to use it (the registered person), an accredited agent or an assistant to the registered person.

You can only register if your commercial horticulture business has been registered with Natural England.

To register for this licence you must send, ideally through wildlife@naturalengland.org.uk:

  • the name of a responsible person (such as the owner or manager)
  • the name and address (including post code), phone number and email address of the premises where you plan to release the non-native species

The licence can only be used at the address supplied to Natural England and by the registered person, accredited agents and their assistants.

How to report your actions

You must send a report to Natural England of any actions taken under this licence by 31 January 2017 using the report form.

You also need to provide summary data from the research project with the licence return form (including bee activity from bee counters for both native and non-native bumblebees and tomato pollination).

Published 3 May 2016
Last updated 1 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2018
  2. Annual licence update 2017.
  3. First published.