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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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 1 month of first possessing the dead specimen. Register with Natural England by: