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Wild birds: licence to release schedule 9 species

Get a general licence to release native wild bird species whose release is normally prohibited (licence GL22).

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Licence to release native bird species whose release is normally prohibited (GL22)

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It’s an offence to release certain birds under schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act. However with this general licence you can release certain native bird species if you:

  • took them to tend and rehabilitate and they now need to be released
  • accidentally caught them in a trap or net set for another species
  • took them temporarily under a Natural England licence (such as to ring or mark the bird)

This licence only applies to:

  • northern goshawks
  • corncrakes
  • common cranes
  • white-tailed eagles
  • red kites
  • red-billed choughs
  • capercaillies
  • barn owls

You don’t need to apply for this general licence but you must meet its conditions and follow its instructions and you must comply with relevant animal welfare legislation at all times.

Published 31 December 2013
Last updated 1 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2018
  2. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2017
  3. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2016
  4. replaced GL22 licence: new version valid 1 January to 31 December 2015
  5. First published.