Wild birds: licence to keep them for rehabilitation

Get a general licence to keep wild birds so you can rehabilitate them (licence GL07).



As an authorised person, this general licence lets you keep these birds for up to 15 days without registering:

  • honey buzzards
  • golden eagles
  • white-tailed eagles
  • peregrine falcons
  • goshawks
  • marsh harriers
  • Montagu’s harriers
  • merlins
  • ospreys

You don’t need to apply for this general licence but you must meet its conditions and follow its instructions.

When you can use this licence

You’re authorised to use this licence if you:

  • have held a licence to keep birds with an expiry date of 31 January 1996
  • have been the registered keeper of 3 disabled wild-bred birds of the type listed above, and have returned them to the wild and notified the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • are an RSPCA inspector
  • are an RSPB official

You can only keep birds with this licence if:

  • the bird is disabled
  • you plan to rehabilitate and release it