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Shrews and licensing

You must be licensed if you plan to trap shrews for scientific, research or educational purposes or may accidentally do so during a survey.

Shrews receive partial protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). So it’s an offence to intentionally or recklessly trap shrews.

You should apply to us for a licence if you:

  • live-trap small mammals for survey or monitoring purposes and there’s an unavoidable risk that you will catch shrews
  • intend to trap shrews for scientific, research or educational purposes

To apply for a licence, email [email protected].

You should include:

Read about Shrews: Trapping Guidelines

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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