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Wild birds: licence to disturb, kill or take for science (A33 and LR33)

Apply for a licence to disturb, kill or take protected birds or their eggs for science, education or conservation and find out how to report your actions.

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Application for a licence to disturb, kill or take wild birds for science, research, education or conservation (A33)

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Report your actions (LR33)

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Details

You must get a licence to carry out science, education or conservation work on wild birds listed on schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act. The licence allows you to:

  • disturb wild birds
  • kill wild birds
  • take wild birds and their eggs

To apply you must:

  • complete application form (A33)
  • 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 (LR33). 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 and report forms with revised interactive PDF versions.
  2. First published.