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Newts and toads: licences for land management

Land management activities even quite far from ponds may affect great crested newts, natterjack toads or the places they use.

Great crested newts and natterjack toads are tied to water for breeding, but spend most of their lives on land. Areas around ponds are used for feeding and hibernation.

Great crested newts can move considerable distances from breeding ponds, but most adults will stay within 250m of a pond.

Most land management practices are unlikely to affect great crested newts or natterjack toads, or the places in which they live. But you should apply to us for a licence if your work could otherwise result in an offence in relation to great crested newts and natterjack toads.

A licence can only be granted if you can meet the three strict European protected species licensing tests.

How to apply

Fill in the relevant application form and email it to [email protected].

Download the Licence application form – works affecting great crested newts

Download the Licence application form – works affecting natterjack toads

Read the Guidance notes for application for a licence for European protected species

Read the Guidance notes on providing supporting information for a licence for European protected species

Licence returns

A condition of any licence is that you must submit a licence return to us.

You should submit your return information using our licence return form for works affecting great crested newts and natterjack toads. Email us your completed form, giving your name and licence number in the subject line.

Licence changes and renewals

You should get in touch if you wish to amend a licence. But check your licence conditions first: you may be able to appoint agents and assistants without having to get them named on your licence.

Find out about adding persons to a licence.

You must also remember to contact us to renew your licence. Licences aren’t renewed automatically.


If you already have a licence number, include it in the subject line of your email, or have it to hand when you call.

Licensing Team
Telephone: 01463 725 364
Email: [email protected]

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