Mallard ducks: licence to take eggs and rear and release chicks
Get a general licence to take mallard duck eggs for incubation and rearing in captivity as long as you release them later in the year (licence GL13).
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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
- destroy any unhatched eggs by 31 July
- not sell the eggs or any birds hatched from them
Published: 31 December 2013
Updated: 1 January 2017
- Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2017
- Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2016
- new version GL13 valid 1 January to 31 December 2015
- First published.