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