Wild animals: licence for individuals to possess specimens

Get a licence to possess and transport dead specimens of certain animals for scientific or educational purposes (licence CL06).


Licence for individuals to possess and transport dead specimens of annex IV species (CL06)

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This licence applies to the animals listed in annex IV of the EC Habitats Directive. It applies only to specimens taken from the wild before 21 August 2007.

The licence allows individuals who don’t belong to museums or research or educational establishments to possess dead specimens of these animals for scientific or educational purposes.


To register for this licence, you must notify Natural England in writing. Write to or email:

Wildlife licensing (Science, education and conservation)

Natural England
Horizon House
Deanery Road


Keeping records

You must keep a record of any specimens or derivatives you hold under this licence. You must update this information annually and make it available for inspection by Natural England at any time.

Once registered, you don’t need to re-register for this licence, but you must abide by its recording and reporting requirements to stay registered.

Published 6 October 2014
Last updated 1 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2018
  2. Annual licence update 2017.
  3. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2016.
  4. Added updated class licence. New version valid from 1 January to 31 December 2015.
  5. First published.