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Protected plants: apply for a licence to take them (A31 and LR31)

Apply for a licence to take protected plants for science, education or conservation purposes and find out how to report your actions.

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Application for a licence to take wild plants for science, research, education or conservation (A31)

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Report action taken under this licence (LR31)

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Guidance on sampling rare aquatic plants

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Details

You must apply for a licence for science, education or conservation purposes to take:

You should sample rare aquatic plants using methods that minimise the impact on them. If you cannot avoid harm, you must apply for a licence.

To apply you must:

  • complete application form A31
  • complete the charge form to find out if you need to pay
  • include 2 references from people familiar with your work

Natural England will decide whether to issue a licence within 30 working days of receiving your application.

When you need to pay

You may need to pay for an A31 licence. Natural England will assess your charge form and tell you:

  • if you need to pay
  • how much you’ll pay

Read the terms and conditions for paying for a wildlife licence.

You will need to pay for a licence if the main aim of the project is:

  • construction or development
  • filming or photography

You will not need to pay for a licence if the main aim of the project is:

  • science, research or education relating to a protected species or habitat
  • conservation of a protected species or habitat
  • for use by a volunteer

How to pay

Natural England will send you an invoice when it approves your application.

You can pay by:

  • electronic bank transfer
  • debit or credit card by telephone - except American Express
  • cheque

Your invoice will give payment method details.

VAT does not apply to charges for wildlife licences.

You need to include your invoice number with your payment.

Natural England accepts purchase orders. If you want Natural England to add a purchase number to your invoice, you must include it in the invoice details in your charge form.

Report your actions

You must report any actions you took using this licence on the report form LR31.

You must report within 2 weeks of your licence expiring, 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 use the report form to renew your licence.

Published 6 October 2014
Last updated 7 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. From 7 December 2020 you may need to pay for an A31 licence. Added A31 charge screening form and updated A31 licence application form.

  2. Replaced application and report forms with revised, interactive PDF versions.

  3. edited detail text after consulting Natural England's subject matter expert: You should sample rare aquatic plants in a non-destructive way. You'll need a licence if you can't, but you should be using methods that minimise the impact.

  4. First published.