Collection

Bird licences

Licences for activities affecting birds.

Keep and exhibit birds

Kill, take or disturb birds

  1. Birds: licence to catch them on food premises (CL03)
  2. Birds: licence to kill or take them for air safety purposes (CL12)
  3. Canada geese: licence to kill or take them for public health and safety (GL28)
  4. Carrion crows: licence to kill or take them to prevent serious damage to livestock (GL26)
  5. Gulls: licence to control them to conserve other birds (A36 and LR36)
  6. Hen harriers: licence to feed them on grouse moors (CL25)
  7. Mallard ducks: licence to take eggs and rear and release chicks (GL13)
  8. Ruddy ducks: licence to kill or take them (GL21)
  9. Wild birds: apply for a licence to disturb them for photography (A28)
  10. Wild birds: apply for a licence to disturb them for science (A27)
  11. Wild birds: apply for a licence to kill wild birds for falconry (A41 and LR41)
  12. Wild birds: licence to disturb, kill or take for science (A33 and LR33)
  13. Wild birds: licence to kill or take for conservation purposes (GL34)
  14. Wild birds: licence to kill or take for public health or safety (GL35)
  15. Wild birds: licence to kill or take to prevent serious damage (GL36)
  16. Wild birds: licence to kill, take or disturb to prevent disease or agricultural damage, for conservation, or public health and safety (A08 and LR08)
  17. Wild birds: licence to remove abandoned or unsuccessful eggs (GL12)
  18. Wild birds: report actions taken for science or photography
  19. Woodpigeons: licence to kill or take them to prevent serious damage to crops (GL31)

Protect fisheries

Sell birds and eggs

Treat and rehabilitate birds

Other licences

Published 13 October 2014
Last updated 14 June 2019 + show all updates
  1. New Defra general licences for wild birds, GL34, GL35 and GL36 added.
  2. Added the general licence (GL26) for killing or taking carrion crows.
  3. Added 'Wild birds: licence to control certain species'. Removed licences GL04, GL05 and GL06.
  4. First published.