Red squirrels and pine martens: licence to sell dead specimens (GL20)

Get a general licence to sell dead wild red squirrels and pine martens.


Licence to sell dead red squirrels and pine martens (GL20)

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With this general licence you can sell and advertise that you are selling dead wild:

  • red squirrels
  • pine martens

You must provide evidence with each sale to prove that the specimen was legally acquired.

You don’t need to apply for this general licence but you must meet its conditions and follow its instructions.

Records you need to keep

As these wild animals are normally protected you must keep records for 2 years from each sale. For the sale of every animal (or its part or derivative) you need to record:

  • from whom you acquired it
  • to whom you sold it
  • the species, age and cause of death (if known)

By 31 December each year you must send Natural England the details of any dead wild animals you’ve sold in that year that haven’t previously been sold. You should send the details by email to You need to state:

  • how you acquired each animal
  • the type and number of each species sold
Published 31 December 2013
Last updated 1 January 2019 + show all updates
  1. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2019
  2. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2018
  3. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2017
  4. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2016.
  5. new version of GL20 valid 1 January to 31 December 2015
  6. First published.