Keeping wild birds: register captive bred chicks and ring numbers

Form for a bird keeper to register chicks bred in captivity and confirm that closed rings or microchips have been fitted.


REG08: Application to declare ringing and to register Schedule 4 birds

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Under Section 7 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, wild birds kept in captivity must be registered with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). This applies to all bird species listed in Schedule 4 of the Act.

The bird must be registered at the address where it is kept, and the bird must have a unique identification mark.

This form is for wild bird keepers to:

  • register chicks which have been bred in captivity and from the same clutch
  • declare that closed rings or microchips have been fitted to the chicks
  • provide details of the numbers and letters on the closed rings, or the microchip numbers

This form should only be used to register chicks.

Published 8 April 2009
Last updated 7 January 2019 + show all updates
  1. Document updated with new email address
  2. Updated form
  3. AHVLA documents have been re-assigned to the new Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).
  4. First published.