Schedule 4: Captive Birds

Schedule 4 : Birds which must be registered and ringed if kept in captivity


All naturally occurring wild birds in Great Britain are protected from persecution. It is illegal to kill, injure or ‘take’ any wild bird, take or damage the nest of any wild bird whilst in use or being built. The eggs of all wild birds are also protected. If you have in your possession any live wild birds, egg(s) or any part of a wild bird you are committing an offence.

Variations and amendment history:

Two amendments were issued in 1994 that removed a number of species from the listing and altered the provision of the schedule: 1151 The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (Variation of Schedule 4) Order 1994, 1152 The Wildlife & Countryside (Registration and Ringing of Certain Captive Birds)(Amendment) Regulations 1994. Every bird listed requires a ring from the Secretary of State.

Multiple species were removed by the The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Variation of Schedule 4) (England) Order 2008

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