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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:
You do not 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.