How to apply for a licence to reintroduce species into the wild in England.
How to apply for a licence
You need a licence if you plan to release non-native species or those listed in schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
If you want to reintroduce a species into the wild, you should look at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature: Guidelines for reintroductions and other conservation translocations.
For an application form, email Natural England at email@example.com and ask for a ‘licence application for a species translocation project’ (England).
You should complete and submit your application with:
- a feasibility study
- evidence of support in the proposed release site(s)
- an assessment of the potential effects of the proposed reintroduction on biodiversity and socio-economic interests
- a contingency plan to cover negative effects and exit strategy
Don’t use spiral binding for your report as this makes scanning and copying difficult. Natural England may contact you to request further information.
Completed application forms should be sent to:
Telephone: 020 802 61089
Releasing Eurasian beavers into the wild
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is to consult on a strategy to manage beavers in the wild and a national approach for further releases. The consultation follows the successful reintroduction of beavers in Devon.
You will not be able to get a licence to release beavers into the wild, including from existing fenced enclosures, until after the consultation has ended and responses have been considered.
Any future release into the wild will follow new licensing rules in line with the International Union for Conservation of Nature: Guidelines for reintroductions and other conservation translocations.
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