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Wildlife and Countryside Act Licences




Natural Resources Wales now issues all species licenses under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Please apply to Natural Resources Wales (external link) for Wildlife and Countryside Act and European Protected Species licences. 

General licences are used for low risk conservation or protected species activities.

General licences allow people to carry out most protected species activities without needing a personal licence.

If there is no general licence for your activity, you will need to apply for a personal licence.

Natural England deal with wildlife licensing in England. For more information please visit the Natural England website (external link).

General Licences - Guidance on Unique References for Cage Traps

13/03/13
The general licences for 2013 that permit the use of cage traps strongly recommend that people using this licence obtain a unique number to be displayed on the cage trap from the local wildlife crime officer.