Guidance

Protected species licences: references for applications

Find out when you need a reference to support your application or registration, the experience you and your referee(s) need and the form they should use.

Documents

Form for referees (A01): template to support an application (Word format)

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Details

You must give written references to support a photography, survey, science, conservation, research or European protected species mitigation licence application or registration if you:

  • have not held a licence for the species (or a similar species) in the last 3 years
  • have a licence but want to add new activities

Use this guidance to find out about who can be your referee and the experience you both need.

Published 6 October 2014
Last updated 18 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added reference requirements for class survey and research licence upgrades.
  2. Corrections to the discretion and exceptions that may apply to this guidance.
  3. Removed the requirement to 'hold a certificate of training that covers the activity you have applied for' from the guidance page.
  4. First published.