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White-clawed crayfish: licence to catch them to carry out maintenance

Get a licence to catch and relocate white-clawed crayfish to allow maintenance work to take place on waterbodies (licence CL23).

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Licence to catch and relocate white-clawed crayfish to allow the maintenance of waterbodies (CL23)

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Registration form for this licence

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Report actions taken under this licence

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Details

This licence allows you to catch and relocate white-clawed crayfish (also called Atlantic stream crayfish) between 1 July and 30 September when work is being carried out to maintain waterbodies such as rivers, lakes, ponds and canals.

You can catch white-clawed crayfish by:

  • hand
  • hand net
  • crayfish trap (in order to operate traps lawfully you will need a separate permission from the Environment Agency as well as this licence)

Register with Natural England

This is a class licence – you don’t need to apply for it, but you must first register with Natural England using the registration form on this page.

How to report your actions

By 31 January each year, you must:

  • send an annual report to Natural England of any actions taken under this licence, even if no actions were taken that year (a ‘nil return’)
  • submit details of any crayfish found to the Biological Records Centre

Submitting an annual report to Natural England also renews your registration to use this licence.

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