Form

Wild birds: licence to disturb, kill or take for science

Apply for a licence to disturb, kill or take wild birds or their eggs for science, education or conservation.

Documents

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

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Report actions taken under this licence (LR33)

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Detail

Certain wild birds are protected under schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act. However, if there’s a reason related to science, education or conservation you can apply for a licence to:

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

To apply you’ll need to include:

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

Licences are free. Allow up to 15 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.