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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

  1. Birds: licence to keep them in show cages for training (GL16)
  2. Black headed gulls: licence for retailers and restaurateurs to sell eggs (GL23)
  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. Mallard ducks: licence to take eggs and rear and release chicks (GL13)
  6. Mealy redpoll: licence to sell and exhibit ringed mealy redpoll (GL15)
  7. Ruddy ducks: licence to kill or take them (GL21)
  8. Wild birds: licence for vets to rehabilitate them (GL08)
  9. Wild birds: licence to keep them for rehabilitation (GL07)
  10. Wild birds: licence to kill or take for conservation purposes (GL34)
  11. Wild birds: licence to kill or take for public health or safety (GL35)
  12. Wild birds: licence to kill or take to prevent serious damage (GL36)
  13. Wild birds: licence to incubate and rear their eggs and chicks (GL11)
  14. Wild birds: licence to remove abandoned or unsuccessful eggs (GL12)
  15. Wild birds: licence to sell captive bred live wild birds (GL18)
  16. Wild birds: licence to sell dead wild birds (GL17)
  17. Wild birds: licence to show captive bred birds competitively (GL14)
  18. Woodpigeons: licence to kill or take them to prevent serious damage to crops (GL31)

Mammals

Other

Published 1 January 2015
Last updated 14 June 2019 + show all updates
  1. New Defra general licences for wild birds, GL34, GL35 and GL36 added.
  2. Updated to include general licence (GL26) for carrion crows.
  3. Added 'Wild birds: licence to control certain species'. Removed licences GL04, GL05 and GL06.
  4. Notice that GL04, GL05 and GL06 will be revoked on 25 April.
  5. Page updated for new licences issued 1 January 2016.
  6. First published.