Form

Wild birds: licence to sell them without correct rings

Get a licence to sell captive birds without the correct close ring (excluding diurnal birds of prey).

Documents

Application for a licence to sell captive bred wild birds which are not fitted with the correct close ring (A20)

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Report your actions under this licence

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Detail

Wild birds must be fitted with the correct close ring before you can sell them. If not you must apply for a licence.

Licences are free. Allow up to 30 working days for a licensing decision to be made.

What your application needs to show

For each bird you want to sell you’ll need to state its:

  • species
  • identification mark and marker number
  • year of hatching
  • age and sex
  • parents’ details, if bred in captivity

You should include details of a licence for captive birds and breeder details.

You’ll need to show:

  • your qualifications
  • why you are applying and the aims of killing the wild birds
  • conservation considerations
  • authorisation from the landowner or occupier

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.