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You need a mitigation licence if your work will have impacts on European protected species that would otherwise be illegal, such as:
capturing, killing, disturbing or injuring them (on purpose or by not taking enough care)
damaging or destroying their breeding or resting places (even accidentally)
obstructing access to their resting or sheltering places (on purpose or by not taking enough care)
The licence application form on this page should be used in connection with the following European protected species of animal:
Fisher’s estuarine moth
large blue butterfly
lesser whirlpool ramshorn snail
Kemp’s ridley turtle
dolphin, porpoise and whale (all species)
It should also be used for the following European protected species of plant:
lady’s slipper orchid
It should not be used for the European protected species below, each of which has its own mitigation licence application form (follow the links to obtain these forms):
When applying for a mitigation licence, you need to complete the application form available on this page.
You also need to supply:
a method statement to show what you’ll do to reduce the impacts of the proposed work on the affected species
a reasoned statement to show that the activity fits the criteria and that there is no satisfactory alternative
references to show that the ecological consultant has the necessary experience to apply for a mitigation licence (references won’t be needed if they’ve held a mitigation licence for the same species in the last 3 years)
If the application is for a phased or multi-plot development, you should supply:
a master plan
a habitat management and maintenance plan
Licences are free. Allow up to 30 working days for a licensing decision to be made.
The 3 licensing tests
Your licence application must pass 3 legal tests:
the activity must be for a certain purpose (for example, for scientific research or in the public interest)
there must be no satisfactory alternative that will cause less harm to the species
the activity must not harm the long-term conservation status of the species (you may need to create new habitats to offset any damage)