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British Bird Council

General Licences

 

 

Species listed on Schedule 3 part 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act are permitted under legislation to be offered for sale or competitively shown if ringed in accordance with ringing regulations. - i.e. Captive bred and ringed with the correct size ring issued by the B.B.C. or I.O.A. (see ring chart for schedules of birds)

 

However, the selling & showing of some of the other birds we keep is permitted by "General Licences" issued by Government departments each year.

 

All users of these General Licences should make themselves fully aware of the conditions of the licences they use.

 

There are General Licences issued by the respective authorities in each of England, Scotland & Wales.

These have subtle differences between authorities, certainly regarding the requirement of documentary evidence.

 

Please see the General Licences listed below 

 

 

 ENGLISH GENERAL LICENCES

 

  

Copies of General Licences can be obtained by post from,

 

Wildlife Licensing Unit, Natural England,

1st Floor, Temple Quay house, 2 The Square,
Bristol  BS1 6EB 

Tel No. 0845 6014523.

 

 

Or licences can be accessed on website  www.naturalengland.org.uk  The individual links are below;

 

Note: - Schedule 3 part 1 species not ringed in accordance with ringing regulations must be individually licensed by Natural England if they are to be offered for sale or competitively shown. 

Application form link;

 

http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/regulation/wildlife/licences/applicationforms.aspx

 

 

General Licences:

 

General Licence WML / GL14

 

Permits the competitive showing of species Not listed on Schedule 3 part 1 subject to conditions of this licence. 

Note: - Proof of breeding documentation IS a condition of this licence.

 

 

General Licence WML / GL18

 

Permits the sale of species Not listed on schedule 3 Part 1 provided the conditions of the licence are met.

Note: - Proof of  breeding documentation IS a condition of this licence.

 

 

General Licence WML / GL15

 

Permits sale and competitive showing of Mealy Redpoll (Carduelis flammea flammea) provided it is ringed with size C ring issued by B.B.C. or I.O.A.

Note: - documentation is Not now a requirement of this licence

 

 

General Licence WML / GL16

 

Permits the keeping of certain captive-bred birds in show cages for training purposes

 

 

 

 

 SCOTTISH GENERAL LICENCES

 

 

Copies of General Licences can be obtained by post from;

 

Scottish Natural Heritage

Licencing Team

Great Glen House

Leachkin Road

Inverness

IV3 8NW

 

Or licences can be accessed on website   Scottish Natural Heritage  The individual links are below; 

 


 

 GL 09/2017

 

Permits the competitive showing of species Not listed on Schedule 3 part 1 subject to conditions of this licence. 

Note: - Proof of breeding documentation is NOT condition of this licence.

 

 GL 10/2017

 

 Permits the keeping certain captive-bred live birds in show cages for training


  GL 11/2017

 

Permits the sale of species Not listed on schedule 3 Part 1 provided the conditions of the licence are met.

Note: - Proof of  breeding documentation is NOT condition of this licence.

 

 

 

 

WELSH GENERAL LICENCES

 

 

Copies of General Licences can be obtained by post from;

 

Natural Resources Wales

Tŷ Cambria,

29 Newport Road,

Cardiff,

CF24 0TP

   

Or licences can be accessed on website  Natural Resources Wales      The individual links are below; 

 

 

GEN/WCA/010/2017

 

 

Permits the sale of species Not listed on schedule 3 Part 1 provided the conditions of the licence are met.

Note: - Proof of  breeding documentation IS a condition of this licence.

 

 

GEN/WCA/013/2017

 

Permits the competitive showing of species Not listed on Schedule 3 part 1 subject to conditions of this licence. 

Note: - Proof of breeding documentation IS a condition of this licence.

 

  

GEN/WCA/011/2017

 

Permits the sale AND competitive showing of Mealy Redpoll (Carduelis flammea flammea) provided it is ringed with size C ring issued by B.B.C. or I.O.A.

Note: -  Proof of breeding documentation is NOT now a requirement of this licence

 

  

 

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