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Protected animals: licence for taxidermists to own dead animals

Get a licence to own dead species protected under annex 4 of the Habitats Directive, for scientific or educational purposes (licence GL02).

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Licence for taxidermists to possess dead specimens of animals listed under annex 4 of the Habitats Directive (GL02)

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You need a licence if you plan to transport specimens of dead protected species (listed under annex 4 of the Habitats Directive) for scientific or educational purposes. All specimens must have been lawfully taken from the wild within the European Union.

There’s no need to apply for general licences but you must follow the conditions in the licence, including:

  • the specimen must be for scientific or educational purposes
  • you need to be a member of the Guild of Taxidermists
  • you need to be registered with Natural England

How to register with Natural England

You need to register with Natural England within one month of first possessing the dead specimen. Register with Natural England by email or phone:

Wildlife licensing (Science, education and conservation)

Natural England
Horizon House
Deanery Road

Bristol
BS1 5AH

Published 31 December 2013
Last updated 1 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2018
  2. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2017
  3. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2016
  4. Added updated general licence. New version valid between 1 January and 31 December 2015.
  5. First published.