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Otters: licence to capture and transport those trapped in fisheries to prevent damage (CL36)

Get a licence to capture and transport live Eurasian otters (Lutra lutra) that are trapped in fisheries to prevent damage.

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Otters: licence to capture and transport those trapped in fisheries to prevent damage (licence CL36)

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Otters: registration form (licence CL36)

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Otters: report form (licence CL36)

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Details

This licence allows you to catch, move and release otters trapped inside fishery fencing as soon as possible to stop them causing serious damage to fisheries. This licence only applies to fisheries that have appropriate fencing around them designed to keep otters out (see annex C of licence CL36 attached).

You must:

  • identify where an otter has got into the fishery such as through broken fencing and fix it before you trap the otter and move it
  • use live capture traps which Natural England confirms as acceptable for trapping otter in England
  • position the trap away from areas that could flood
  • de-activate a trap if heavy rainfall is predicted
  • attend any trap set to capture live otters within 3 hours
  • transport and release the trapped otter outside the fishery fence as soon as possible
  • get the landowner’s permission before you take action under this licence

See the licence attached for all terms and conditions.

If you need to carry out activities not covered by this licence, you can apply for an individual licence.

Register to use this licence

This is a class licence. You must complete the registration form attached and send to Natural England if you wish to use this licence.

Natural England will only register you if you can show you have the knowledge and skill to act under this licence. For example show that you’ve passed an approved Natural England course to trap otters.

Write to or email:

Wildlife licensing

Natural England
Horizon House
Deanery Road

Bristol
BS1 5AH

How to report your actions

You must tell Natural England 5 days before you intend to trap and transport an otter. This allows time for a Natural England wildlife adviser to visit and check the site if they wish to.

You must send a report of your action 14 days after each licensed activity.

If you’ve not used the licence you must send an annual report stating you’ve ‘taken no action’ under this licence by 31 January each year. Doing this also renews your licence. If you do not submit an annual report, you’ll need to apply to be registered again.

Published 26 September 2016
Last updated 5 April 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added that an appropriate live capture trap is a trap which Natural England confirms is acceptable for trapping otter in England
  2. Updated version of licence.
  3. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2019. Registration and report forms replaced with updated versions.
  4. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2018
  5. Annual licence update 2017.
  6. First published.