Bird licences

Licences for activities affecting birds.

Keep and exhibit birds

Kill, take or disturb birds

Protect fisheries

Sell birds and eggs

Treat and rehabilitate birds

Other licences

Standard licence conditions

Wild bird advice notices

Updates to this page

Published 13 October 2014
Last updated 10 April 2024 + show all updates
  1. Added 2 general licences for releasing gamebirds (GL43 and GL45).

  2. Added Hen harriers: licence for diversionary feeding (CL25).

  3. Added general licence GL43: licence to release common pheasants or red-legged partridges on European sites and within 500m of their boundary.

  4. Removed general licences to control wild birds: GL34, GL35, GL36 and replaced with GL40, GL41 and GL42.

  5. Added standard licence conditions for trapping wild birds (GL33).

  6. New Defra general licences for wild birds, GL34, GL35 and GL36 added.

  7. Added the general licence (GL26) for killing or taking carrion crows.

  8. Added 'Wild birds: licence to control certain species'. Removed licences GL04, GL05 and GL06.

  9. First published.