Keeping wild birds: registration of Schedule 4 birds

Form for a bird keeper to register an imported wild bird from an unknown origin, or a bird which does not have a registration document.


REG01: Application for registration of 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 such as closed leg ring or microchip.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) regulates the import, (re)export, sale or movement of endangered wild animals and plants. These are listed in Annexes A, B, C and D of the EU Regulation 750/2013

This application form should be used to register:

  • wild birds which have been imported into the UK but the keeper does not know where the bird originally came from
  • peregrines and merlins with an Article 10 issued by another EU country in line with CITES regulations.
  • birds which were registered but the the blue registration document is missing

The Article 10 certificate is not valid for registration in the UK. Birds, other than peregrines and merlins, must be registered with a blue registration document.

See guidance on how to register a captive bird of prey.


Published 8 April 2009