Environmental management – collection

General licences for wildlife management

Use a general licence for activities that carry a low risk to the conservation or welfare of a protected species.

If you plan to act under the authority of a general licence, you must:

  • be eligible to do so (see conditions of each licence)
  • comply with the terms of the relevant licence and therefore the law

For more help contact Natural England

You should use a class licence for activities that need a specific skill or experience to avoid risk to the conservation or welfare of a protected species.

General licences for 2015

  1. Shrews: licence to trap them

    • 1 January 2015
    • Form
  2. Protected animals: licence for taxidermists to own dead animals

    • 1 January 2015
    • Form
  3. Bats: licence to take and possess live bats for rabies testing

    • 16 April 2015
    • Form
  4. Bats: licence to transport and possess dead bats for rabies testing

    • 1 January 2015
    • Form
  5. Wild birds: licence to take or kill to prevent damage or disease

    • 9 January 2015
    • Form
  6. Wild birds: general licence to take or kill for health or safety purposes

    • 9 January 2015
    • Form
  7. Wild birds: licence to take or kill for conservation purposes

    • 9 January 2015
    • Form
  8. Wild birds: licence to keep them for rehabilitation

    • 1 January 2015
    • Form
  9. Wild birds: licence for vets to rehabilitate them

    • 1 January 2015
    • Form
  10. Wild birds and animals: licence to possess samples

    • 1 January 2015
    • Form
  11. Wild birds: licence to incubate and rear their eggs and chicks

    • 1 January 2015
    • Form
  12. Wild birds: licence to remove abandoned or unsuccessful eggs

    • 1 January 2015
    • Form
  13. Mallard ducks: licence to take eggs and rear and release chicks

    • 1 January 2015
    • Form
  14. Wild birds: licence to show captive bred birds competitively

    • 1 January 2015
    • Form
  15. Mealy redpoll: licence to sell and exhibit ringed mealy redpoll

    • 1 January 2015
    • Form
  16. Birds: licence to keep them in show cages for training

    • 1 January 2015
    • Form
  17. Wild birds: licence to sell dead wild birds

    • 1 January 2015
    • Form
  18. Wild birds: licence to sell captive bred live wild birds

    • 1 January 2015
    • Form
  19. Red squirrels and pine martens: licence to sell dead specimens

    • 1 January 2015
    • Form
  20. Ruddy ducks: licence to kill or take them

    • 1 January 2015
    • Form
  21. Wild birds: licence to release schedule 9 species

    • 1 January 2015
    • Form
  22. Black headed gulls: licence for retailers and restaurateurs to sell eggs

    • 1 January 2015
    • Form