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This general licence lets you take mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos) eggs for incubation, rearing in captivity and releasing later in the same year.
This licence only applies if you are:
the land owner, occupier or anyone authorised by the owner or occupier
authorised in writing by the local authority
authorised in writing by any England, Scotland or Wales conservation body, a district board for fisheries or local fisheries committee
authorised in writing by the Environment Agency, a water undertaker or a sewerage undertaker
You don’t need to apply for this general licence but you must meet its conditions and follow its instructions. To meet the conditions you must:
only take eggs by hand
not take eggs after 31 March
release any bird hatched from the egg into the wild no later than 31 July, unless it is disabled or has died