Wild birds: licence for vets to rehabilitate them
Get a 6-week general licence to keep wild birds without registering so that you can rehabilitate them (licence GL08).
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As a veterinary surgeon or practitioner you can use this general licence for these wild birds:
- honey buzzards
- golden eagles
- white-tailed eagles
- peregrine falcons
- marsh harriers
- Montagu’s harriers
You can keep these birds for up to 6 weeks without registering if:
- the bird is disabled
- you plan to rehabilitate and release it
You don’t need to apply for the licence but you must meet its conditions and follow its instructions. This includes:
- giving the bird professional veterinary treatment
- recording all treatments you make
- keeping records of treatments for 2 years from when the bird came into your control
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.
- Added updated general licence. New version valid between 1 January and 31 December 2015.
- First published.