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