Wild birds: apply for a licence to disturb them for photography (A28)

Apply for a licence to disturb protected species of wild birds for photography and find out how to report your actions.


Application for a licence to disturb wild birds for photography (A28)

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

To apply you must:

  • complete application form (A27)
  • include 2 references from people familiar with your work

Licences are free. Natural England will decide whether to issue a licence within 30 working days of receiving your application

How to report your actions

You must report any actions you took using this licence on the report form. You must report no later than 2 weeks after your licence expires, even if you’ve taken no action. Send your completed form by post or email to Natural England using the details on the form.

You can also use the report form to renew your licence.

Published 28 February 2014
Last updated 17 July 2015 + show all updates
  1. Replaced application form with revised, interactive PDF version.
  2. First published.