Wild birds: licence to show captive bred birds competitively

Get a general licence to show certain species of captive bred birds in competition (licence GL14).


Licence to show certain captive bred wild birds competitively (GL14)

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This licence lets you publicly exhibit and competitively show certain wild birds that have been lawfully bred in captivity. A bird is considered to have been lawfully bred in captivity if its parents were lawfully in captivity when the egg from which it was hatched was laid. You must have documentation to prove this.

This licence doesn’t cover the birds listed in part 1 of schedule 3 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (it’s already legal to show these birds if they’ve been bred in captivity).

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

Published 31 December 2013
Last updated 12 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated version of licence, valid from 12 March 2018.
  2. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2018
  3. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2017
  4. Replaced licence with new version issued 1 January 2016
  5. new version GL14 valid 1 January to 31 December 2015
  6. First published.