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Mink, coypu, muskrat and grey squirrels: apply for a licence to keep them (A04 and LR04)

Apply for a licence to keep certain non-native species for exhibition or for science and education purposes and find out how to report your actions.

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Application for a licence to keep non-indigenous mammals (A04)

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Report your actions (LR04)

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You must apply for a licence to keep certain non-native mammal species for exhibition or for scientific or educational purposes. These are:

  • mink
  • coypu
  • muskrat
  • grey squirrels

Natural England grant licences to keep grey squirrels for up to one year only. There’s a charge for coypu licences.

To apply, you should complete the form A04 and send it to Natural England using the details on the form.

How to report your actions

You must report any actions you took using this licence on the report form (LR04). You must report no later than 2 weeks after your licence expires, even if you’ve taken no action. Send your completed form by post or email to Natural England using the details on the form.

You can also use the report form to renew your licence.

Published 6 October 2014
Last updated 13 May 2016 + show all updates
  1. EU regulation change: restriction to 1 year on a licence to keep grey squirrel for exhibition or for scientific or educational purposes.
  2. Replaced application form with revised version. Added new report form.
  3. First published.