Transparency data

Summary of wildlife licences issued by Natural England in 2018

Data on the number and type of licences granted in 2018.


Wildlife licences issued in 2018

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Some species of wildlife have legal protection. Natural England issues licences on behalf of the government that allow activities affecting protected species that are otherwise prohibited.

Some licences allow lethal control. Before issuing a licence, Natural England carefully considers the circumstances of a case, the justification for it and the impact on the species as a whole.

The attached document shows the number of wildlife licences issued in 2018 for 4 main categories:

  • mitigation licences for European protected species
  • class licences
  • science and conservation
  • species management
Published 17 January 2020