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Protected species licences for survey, research or conservation work (A29 and A30)

Find out which form to use to kill, take, disturb or possess a protected species for survey, research or conservation work, what references you need and how to report your actions.

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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Details

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

You must use form A29 (attached to this page) for:

There are separate forms for:

You must use form A30 (attached to this page) if you need to use prohibited methods (those shown in section 10 of the form) for:

There’s a separate form for white-clawed crayfish surveys.

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

How to report your actions

You must report any actions you took using this licence on the corresponding report form (LR29 or LR30) on this page. You must report no later than 2 weeks after your licence expires, even if you’ve taken no action. Send your completed form by post or email to Natural England using the details on the form.

You can also use these report forms to renew your licence.

Published 6 October 2014
Last updated 4 August 2015 + show all updates
  1. Added report forms and replaced application forms with revised, interactive PDF versions.
  2. First published.