One of my first priorities in the Autumn as Natural England’s Acting Director for our species licensing work was to make our licensing data publicly available.
We stopped publishing these a few years ago, as the very low number of page visits that the annual summaries generated did not justify the work required to produce them. Since then however there has been a welcome and very significant increase in the public interest in our licensing work. To respond to that and in the interests of transparency we will now recommence publishing those annual summaries.
A licence may be required when you carry out any work that affects wildlife and its habitat, which might disturb or harm that wildlife. They also sometimes allow for the lethal control such as destroying eggs of species in certain circumstances where there is no alternative and to prevent serious damage to food, protect public health and safety such as aircraft safety at an airport, and preventing disease spread. MORE