You need a licence to displace water voles to allow 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 for a full definition.
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 with Natural England
This is a class licence. You must register with Natural England in order to use it.
You can only use this licence if you’re an ecological consultant registered to use it (the ‘registered person’), an accredited agent of the registered person, or you’re an assistant working under the direct supervision of the registered person or accredited agent.
How to report your actions
You must send an annual report to Natural England of any actions taken under this licence by 31 January each year.
Submitting a report form also renews your registration to use this licence.