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Scottish Beaver Trial, Knapdale, August 2011. Early morning at Loch Linne, Knapdale ©Lorne Gill/SNH/2020VISION. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.nature.scot

Beavers: licences for land management

Most day to day land-management operations where beavers are found are unlikely to require a licence. However, if your actions are likely to affect the animals themselves or if they involve interfering with or removing dams or damaging or destroying lodges or breeding burrows, then a licence will be required. Our guidance for land managers describes what does and does not require a licence and provides information on how to apply.

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

How to apply

Read our Guidance for land managers and on ecological and legal definitions for beavers to see whether you are likely to need a licence.

If you think that you might require a licence contact [email protected] with the details and we can advise.

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 beavers. Email us your completed form or required information stated in the conditions of your licence, 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.

Contact

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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