Get a licence to disturb, kill or take certain wild birds or their eggs, to prevent disease or agricultural damage, protect public health and safety or conserve plants and animals.
Certain wild birds are protected under schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act. However, if you have concerns about disease or damage to agricultural land, public health and safety or to conserve plants and animals you can apply for a licence to:
- disturb wild birds and their eggs
- kill wild birds and their eggs
- take wild birds and their eggs
- use a prohibited method on wild birds and their eggs
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 report form template available on this page. You need to complete the report no later than 2 weeks after your licence expires, even if you’ve taken no action.
You can report on your actions and renew the licence using the same form.