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Water voles: licence to displace them for development projects (CL31)

Register for a licence to intentionally damage or destroy burrows or displace water voles from their burrows for lawful development and report your actions.

Documents

Registration form (CL31)

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Report your actions (LR31)

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Monitoring form (MON-CL31)

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Water voles: licence to intentionally disturb and damage or destruct their burrows by displacement (licence CL31)

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Details

You must have a licence to displace water voles for development.

This licence allows you to intentionally damage or destroy burrows or displace water voles from their burrows for development projects. This includes:

  • cutting vegetation back to bare earth in the spring
  • carrying out a destructive search of water vole burrows following removal of vegetation
  • destroying water vole burrows after a destructive search

Intentionally disturbing water voles by ‘displacement’ is a method of reducing harm to them where development is to take place. Read licence CL31 (available on this page) for more details.

You can only use this licence in relation to a development if your actions will result in a conservation benefit for water voles.

You should apply for an individual licence if you can’t follow the terms and conditions of this licence.

Register to use this licence

You must register with Natural England before you can use this licence. You can only use this licence if you’re an:

  • ecological consultant registered to use it (the ‘registered person’)
  • accredited agent of the registered person
  • assistant working under the direct supervision of the registered person or accredited agent

Send your completed registration form (CL31) by email or post to:

Wildlife licensing

Natural England
Horizon House
Deanery Road

Bristol
BS1 5AH

How to report your actions

You must report your actions taken using this licence each year, even if you’ve taken no action. Send your completed report form (LR31) to Natural England by 31 January each year using the details on the form.

You must also complete the monitoring form (MON-CL31) and submit it with your annual report. This information allows Natural England to assess the effectiveness of displacement as a new licenced activity.

Licence renewal

By returning your report form each year you’ve renewed your licence. You should check for any amendments to the terms and conditions of use on the latest published version of the licence.

Published 1 January 2016
Last updated 1 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2018. New monitoring form added.
  2. Annual licence update 2017.
  3. First published.