Edible dormice: licence to trap them

Get a licence to trap edible dormice for health and safety and other purposes (licence CL02).



This licence allows you to trap edible dormice (also known as fat dormice) to preserve public health and safety and to prevent serious damage to crops, fruit, timber and other property. It allows you to use the following methods:

  • appropriate live capture traps
  • approved spring traps

Note that edible dormice that are captured alive mustn’t be released into the wild and must be humanely killed.

Register to use this licence

This is a class licence. You need to notify Natural England in writing that you wish to use it. Write to or email:

Wildlife Licensing

Natural England
Horizon House
Deanery Road


How to report your actions

You must send an annual record of all edible dormice captured under this licence to Natural England by 31 January each year. Doing this also renews your registration to use this licence.