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Wildlife Licensing

Last updated: 29 August 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

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. It provides opportunities for statuatory and non Government organisations to work together to combat wildlife crime.

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.