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General Licences 2017 - Birds

All species of wild birds in Wales are protected. General licences cover certain species for particular purposes, so that individual licences are not required to make those actions lawful

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) issues general licences to allow certain actions to be carried out, that would otherwise be illegal, without the need to apply for a specific licence. Each general licence is issued for a particular purpose and some are limited to certain species only.

If you plan to act under a general licence, you must be satisfied that you are acting within the provisions of that general licence and therefore the law. It is your responsibility to read the licence conditions to ensure that your situation is covered and to comply with the conditions.

For actions not covered by a general licence, you need to make your own application for a bird licence. See ‘Bird licensing’ for further details. General licences are attached to this webpage.

NRW also issues general licences for possession by museums etc and for taxidermy, see ‘Possession and Sale of Protected Species’ for more information.

Related document downloads

General Licence 001 - 2017 Licence to kill or take certain wild birds to prevent serious damage to agriculture, forestry or fisheries, or prevent the spread of disease PDF [160.3 KB]
General Licence 002 - 2017 Licence to kill or take certain wild birds for the purpose of preserving public health and public safety PDF [163.1 KB]
General Licence 003 - 2017 Licence to kill or take certain wild birds for the purpose of preserving air safety PDF [225.0 KB]
General Licence 004 - 2017 Licence to kill or take certain wild birds for the purpose of conserving flora and fauna, including wild birds PDF [160.8 KB]
General Licence 005 - 2017 Licence to allow the killing or taking or destruction of the eggs of ruddy duck (oxyura jamaicensis) PDF [197.5 KB]
General Licence 006 - 2017 Licence to take birds' eggs from abandoned nest boxes PDF [199.5 KB]
General Licence 007 - 2017 Licence to keep wild birds of species listed on schedule 4 for rehabilitation PDF [109.3 KB]
General Licence 008 - 2017 Licence to take eggs of mallard duck (anas platyrhynchos) to rear and release PDF [147.2 KB]
General Licence 009 - 2017 Licence to release wild-bred schedule 9 birds PDF [158.2 KB]
General Licence 010 - 2017 Licence to permit the sale of certain captive bred species of live bird PDF [154.5 KB]
General Licence 011 - 2017 Licence to permit the sale and exhibition of mealy redpoll (carduelis flammea flammea) PDF [147.6 KB]
General Licence 012 - 2017 Licence to sell dead wild birds PDF [104.1 KB]
General Licence 013 - 2017 Licence to permit the competitive showing of certain captive-bred live wild birds and allow the keeping of certain birds in show cages for training purposes PDF [220.3 KB]
General Licence 014 - 2017 Licence to permit the incubation of eggs and rearing of chicks of captive bred schedule 4 birds for up to 15 days without resisting PDF [90.6 KB]
General Licence 015 - 2017 Licence for laboratories and scientific institutions to retain biological samples taken during the investigation of offences PDF [145.4 KB]
General Licences 016 - 2017 Licence to take certain wild birds from food premises for the purpose of preserving public health and public safety PDF [213.3 KB]

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