Environmental management – form

Non-native species: apply for a licence to release them

Get a licence application form to release non-native species and those listed under schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

Documents

Licence application form to release non-native species and those listed under schedule 9 (excluding reintroductions) (A03)

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Report actions taken under this licence

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Detail

You need a licence if you plan to release non-native species or those listed in schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act. See additional guidance if you want to release a species in order to reintroduce it into the wild in England for conservation purposes.

Licences are free. Allow up to 30 working days for a licensing decision to be made.

What you’ll need to include in your application

You’ll need to include:

  • a summary of why you need to apply and the purpose of releasing the species
  • details of the species
  • capture and release details, if appropriate, including timings and markings you’ll use
  • how you’ll monitor any released animals
  • health and disease status of wildlife at the release site and species to be released
  • what you plan to do with any released animals at the end of the project, if appropriate
  • site details, including OS grid references

You’ll need to show:

  • your qualifications and experience
  • if you’ve applied for the licence before
  • conservation considerations
  • authorisation from the landowner or occupier

How to report your actions

You must send a report of all the actions undertaken with these licences to Natural England within 2 weeks of its expiry date. Send your report using the form provided above.

Reintroduction of species into the wild

If you want to reintroduce a species into the wild you should look at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature: Guidelines for reintroductions and other conservation translocations.

You’ll need to request a licence application form: ‘Application for a licence for a species translocation project (England)’, by email from Natural England wildlife@naturalengland.org.uk.

The application form should be completed and submitted with:

  • a feasibility study
  • evidence of support in the proposed release site(s)
  • an assessment of the potential impacts of the proposed reintroduction on biodiversity and socio-economic interests
  • a contingency plan to cover negative impacts and exit strategy

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