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European Protection Species (EPS) Licence

Welsh Government

European Protection Species (EPS) Licence

The Conservation of Habitats & Species Regulations 2010 (the Conservation Regulations) protects European protected species (EPS). It is an offence to deliberately disturb, capture, injure or kill, or damage or destroy a breeding site or resting place of an EPS.

Under Regulation 53(2) (e-g) of the Conservation Regulations, we can issue licences for:

  • Preserving public health or public safety or public interest reasons including those of a social or economic nature and beneficial consequences of importance for the environment;
  • Preventing the spread of disease; and
  • Preventing serious damage to livestock, foodstuffs for livestock, crops, vegetables, fruit, growing timber or any other forms of property or to fisheries; to allow people to carry out activities which would otherwise be illegal;

An EPS licence can only be issued if:

  • there is no satisfactory alternative; and
  • the action authorised will not negatively impact the species concerned.

Visit: The Conservation of Habitats & Species Regulations 2010 (external link)

You can access more information and the application forms on the left.