Schedule 1 and other protected birds

All birds are protected in some form, but some species have additional protection during the breeding season as do their nests, eggs and dependent young.  To disturb these you must obtain a special licence in advance. In England and Scotland, permits for ringing and/or nest recording are issued by the BTO on behalf of the relevant Country Agency; licences for other activities are issued directly from Natural England or Scottish Natural Heritage. In Wales, all licences are issued directly by Natural Resources Wales but ones for ringing and/or nest recording are applied for via the BTO.

For the BTO and the Country Agencies: 

The species that are protected vary between countries in Britain and Ireland as does the method of getting a licence or permit and the conditions that come with that permit/licence.

List of protected birds

The BTO works closely with the Rare Breeding Birds Panel (RBBP) to ensure all records are suitably used. Data on breeding birds obtained through the licensing process are reported to both the relevant country agencies and the Rare Breeding Birds Panel.

To obtain a disturbance licence or permit

Follow the links below for the country you are operating in to get a new licence/permit or to renew your existing one.  If you are operating in more than one country you will need to report and renew each one separately.

EnglandScotlandWales

Northern IrelandIsle of ManRepublic of Ireland