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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

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.

For more information see Wildlife licences: when you need to apply.

Birds

Mammals

Other

Published 1 January 2015
Last updated 31 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. We've added 2 new licences for trapping stoats: GL38 and GL39.

  2. Defra issues updated versions of GLs 26, 28, 31, 34, 35, 36, valid from 1 March 2020.

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

  4. Updated to include general licence (GL26) for carrion crows.

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

  6. Notice that GL04, GL05 and GL06 will be revoked on 25 April.

  7. Page updated for new licences issued 1 January 2016.

  8. First published.