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 (including re-introductions) (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 species listed in schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

To apply you’ll need to include:

  • the application form
  • a method statement

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

What you should include in your method statement

You need to include a report or method statement that that clearly describes the licensed re-introduction work. Don’t use spiral binding for your report as this makes scanning and copying difficult.

When applying you must include supporting evidence such as:

  • a feasibility study
  • evidence of support in the proposed release site
  • an assessment of the potential effect of the proposed re-introduction on biodiversity and socio-economic interests

Natural England may contact you to request further information.

If you’re reintroducing species into the wild you should look at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources guidelines.

How to report your actions

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