Get a licence to carry out work that may affect hazel dormice.
You need a mitigation licence if your work will have impacts on hazel dormice 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)
What you need to send
When applying for a mitigation licence, you need to complete the forms available on this page:
- application form for hazel dormice mitigation
- method statement to show what you’ll do to reduce the impacts of the proposed work on hazel dormice
- work schedule to show when you’ll do the activities and in what order
You also need to supply:
- 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.
How to report your actions
You are required to report any actions you took under this licence to Natural England. The report form you need to use depends on when your licence was granted:
- if your licence was granted before summer 2013, use the European protected species return form
- if your licence was granted after summer 2013 (it’s an annexed licence), use the report form template available on this page
You need to complete the report no later than 2 weeks after your licence expires, even if you’ve taken no action. There may be times when you’ll be asked to submit interim reports as well.