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Wildlife Licensing

Last updated: 8 December 2014


Wildlife licence application forms for licences not covered below (including falconry, photography, wildlife survey {for non EPS}):

           Apply online for a wildlife licence

European Protected Species (EPS) Licences

Bats

Otters

General licences

Birds

General license to kill or take certain birds, including the taking, damaging or destruction of their eggs, or the disturbance of such a bird or the young of such a bird for the purpose of preserving public health or public safety.

General license to kill or take certain birds, including the taking, damaging or destruction of their eggs, or the disturbance of such a bird or the young of such a bird for the purpose of preventing the spread of disease and preventing serious damage to livestock, foodstuffs for livestock, crops, vegetables, fruit, growing timber and fisheries.

General license to kill or take certain birds, including the taking, damaging or destruction of their eggs, or the disturbance of such a bird or the young of such a bird for the purpose of conserving wild birds.

This licence, granted under Article (18)(2)(b) permits an authorised person to take first clutch mallard eggs and to have, in their possession, such eggs and any birds hatched from such eggs.

This licence, granted under Article (18)(2)(b) permits any person to have in their possession mallard eggs for incubation or live mallard ducks for release in the wild.

Under the terms of the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 it is necessary for any person wishing to keep a bird of prey which is ordinarily resident in, or is a visitor to, the European territory of any member state to be in possession of a licence issued by the Department.

for the Purpose of Preventing Serious Damage to Fisheries: Information for those owner/operators requiring licences to protect their inland fishing interests.

Photography

Guidance for those wishing to undertake photography of protected birds and animals. The welfare of the subject being photographed must always take precedence over the desire or need to obtain a photograph.

Zoos

The EC Zoos Directive 1999/22/EC relates to the keeping of wild animals in zoos and requires that member states licence and inspect zoos to ensure good standards of animal care and set the framework for the participation of zoos in conservation and education. This came into effect in Northern Ireland as The Zoo Licensing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003Opens in New window.

PAW NI

PAW, Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime,

The Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime in Northern Ireland (PAW) is a multi agency body comprising representatives of all organisations involved in wildlife law enforcement.

PAW NI helps statutory and non-government organisations to work together to combat wildlife crime. Its objectives are to reduce wildlife crime through effective and targeted enforcement, better regulation and improved awareness.

Some of our most active members are shown here:

PAW NI members logos

Often the public don't realise an incident they witness is a potential wildlife crime, or they are not sure who to report a suspected incident to.  We have produced some information to help the public and direct their enquires.  

What is wildlife crime

Wildlife crime includes offences like poaching, killing or disturbing protected species or damaging their breeding and resting places, and illegally trading in endangered species. It is one of the pressures that can push animal and plant species closer to extinction. Some wildlife crimes, such as badger-baiting and the illegal use of poisons and traps, can cause animals unnecessary pain and suffering.

Where you suspect that an incident is a wildlife crime then you should report it to the local PSNI either at the nearest police station or by telephoning 101.  Make sure you state that you believe a 'wildlife crime' has taken place and always ask for crime reference number to allow you to follow up any action.  

We have produced a range of information leaflets aimed at reducing wildlife crime by education, awareness and highlighting the problem.  

PAW NI is a member of PAW UK

Rat Poison

See the RSPB leaflet Rat poison and the threat to wildlife (.PDF976Kb)Opens in New window for advice to landowners on methods of rat control to minimise the effect on wildlife.