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European protected species: apply for a licence to possess them

Apply for a licence to possess European protected species and Habitats Directive (annexes II(b) and IV) species for science and education.

Documents

Application for a licence to possess European protected species (form A37)

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Report form for licence to possess EPS (form LR37)

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Details

You must have a licence to possess European protected species (EPS), or species listed under Habitats Directive, annexes II(b) and IV. You can only get this licence for scientific or educational purposes.

Licences are free. You should allow up to 30 working days for a licensing decision to be made.

Species listed under annex IV of the Habitats Directive

You need a licence to possess annex IV specimens. The licence you need will depend on when the species was taken and what type of specimen it is.

Use the form A37 on this page to apply for a licence to possess:

  • animal specimens taken after 21 August 2007
  • plant specimens taken at any date

Use class licence CL06 for animal specimens taken before 21 August 2007.

Report your actions

It’s a condition of your licence to provide Natural England with a report detailing action taken under this licence. You must complete the report form LR37 on this page no later than 2 weeks after your licence expires, even if you’ve taken no action.

Published 28 February 2014
Last updated 17 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Report form added to this licence application.
  2. Replaced application form with revised interactive PDF version.
  3. First published.