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Change in procedure for wild disabled birds

Published on Friday 25 Febuary 2011 at 10.00

We have had concerns for some time with the number of wild Schedule 4 birds that are registered for rehabilitation and subsequently end up permanently kept in captivity. Consequently we will be taking a stricter view to ensure that wherever possible any wild Schedule 4 bird taken into captivity is rehabilitated and released back to the wild as soon as possible. To this end we will be inspecting keepers of wild Schedule 4 birds to check that rehabilitation is occurring and that the keeper has sufficient knowledge to successfully release the bird back to the wild.

We will also require keepers to take these birds to an avian vet and have it assessed (regardless of whether the bird is injured or not), as to the estimated time it will take to rehabilitate and release; or alternatively give an expert explanation as to why the bird cannot be released. Forms are available on our forms page for vets to download and fill in the details.

With regards to applications for Article 10’s for wild disabled birds; whether they are on Schedule 4 or not we will be taking a stricter view of Article 8.3 of EC Regulation 338/97 when considering applications to use any wild birds commercially for breeding and or educational display purposes for the conservation of the species. We will only grant them where there are genuine exceptional conservation benefits to the species.

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