Wild birds: apply for a licence to disturb them for photography

Get a licence application form to disturb protected species of wild birds for photography.



You need a licence if you plan to disturb wild birds listed under schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act for photography.

To apply you’ll need to include:

  • the application form
  • 2 references from people familiar with your work

Licences are free. Allow up to 30 working days for a licensing decision to be made.

How to report your actions

You are required to report any actions you took under this licence to Natural England using the dedicated reporting form. You need to complete the report as soon as possible after taking action.

You can report on your actions and renew the licence with the same form.