Bird licences - general licences
General licences permit 'authorised persons' to carry out actions that would otherwise be illegal. They cover certain types of activity relating to birds, such as preserving public health or air safety, and preventing the spread of disease. General licences cover situations that are regarded as relatively commonplace and where there is unlikely to be any great conservation impact.
General licences avoid the need for people to apply for individual licences for these specific circumstances. General licences are still subject to strict conditions, and abuse of them or failure to comply with the conditions could constitute an offence.
General licences for 2014
We have now considered the feedback from our consultation on General Licences for 2014 and finalised these Licences. Read our response letter and view the full list of General Licences for 2014 below.
Here are the responses to the 2014 General Licensing consultation.
General licences valid between 1 January and 31 December 2014
General licences valid between 1 January and 31 December 2013:
The full list of general licences and links to them is provided below.
- General Licence 01/2013: Licence to kill or take certain birds for the conservation of certain birds
- General Licence 02/2013: Licence to kill or take certain birds for the purpose of preventing serious damage to livestock, foodstuffs for livestock, crops, vegetables and fruit
- General Licence 03/2013: Licence to protect public health, public safety and prevent the spread of disease
- General Licence 04/2013: Licence to protect air safety
- General Licence 05/2013: Licence to keep certain wild birds for the purpose of rehabilitation
- General Licence 06/2013: Licence for veterinary surgeons and practitioners to keep certain birds
- General Licence 07/2013: Licence to take birds eggs for the purpose of removing unsuccessful eggs from nest boxes
- General Licence 08/2013: Licence to permit the sale of certain captive-bred species of birds
- General Licence 09/2013: Licence to permit the competitive showing of certain captive-bred live birds
- General Licence 10/2013: Licence to allow the keeping of certain birds in show cages for training purposes
- General Licence 11/2013: Licence to take eggs of the mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) for incubation
- General Licence 12/2013: Licence to permit the incubation of schedule 4 chicks
- General Licence 13/2013: Licence to sell feathers and parts of certain dead wild birds
- General Licence 14/2013: Licence to sell dead birds
- General Licence 15/2013: Licence to capture red grouse to administer medication
Some General licences have a condition that states you must submit a licence return to us. Please send completed licence returns to email@example.com in an appropriate format (table, spreadsheet, etc.) ensuring:
- you include all the information required by the particular General licence you've operated under, and
- always put 'General licence return' and the location details (e.g. airport) in the subject line of your email.
Orkney Greylag Goose Adaptive Management Pilot
As part of the Orkney Adaptive Management pilot we are trialling (for one year) the licensing of limited and controlled sale of goose carcasses and meat arising from the pilot. This includes licensing individual participants of the pilot and butchers to sell meat as well as a general licence for caterers in Orkney to be able to sell goose meat to customers.
Uist Greylag Goose Adaptive Management Pilot
The Uist Adaptive Management pilot is trialling the licensing of limited and controlled sale of goose carcasses and meat. Below is a link to a general licence permitting caterers in Uist and Barra to sell goose meat to customers.