Get a licence to kill, take, disturb or possess a protected species when doing surveys, research or conservation work (form A29 and A30).

Documents

Application for a licence to kill, take, disturb or possess wild animals for science, education or conservation (A29)

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Water voles only: use this method statement template to support your licence application

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Report actions taken under this licence (LR29)

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Application for a licence to use prohibited methods for wild animals for science, education or conservation (A30)

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Report actions taken under this licence (LR30)

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Detail

These licences allow you to kill, take, disturb or possess a protected species when carrying out:

  • surveys
  • research for scientific or educational purposes
  • conservation work

Form A29 should be used for European protected species (those listed in schedule 2 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010) and to the animals listed in schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

You should use form A30 if you need to use prohibited methods (those shown in section 10 of the form). This form can be used for animals listed in schedule 4 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 and schedule 6 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Please note that you need to use a separate survey application form for:

References

You usually need to give references when you apply for this licence if:

  • you haven’t held a licence for the species or a similar species for the last 3 years
  • you want to use methods for which you haven’t previously been licensed

Report action taken

You must return the relevant report form (available above) within 2 weeks of your licence expiring, even if you’ve taken no action.

You can also use this form to renew your licence.