The Conservation of Wildlife (Jersey) Law 2000
This is the main law protecting wild animals, birds and plants in Jersey. Species that are listed in the Schedules to the Law, as well as their dens or nests, are protected from harmful activities. The use of certain lethal methods of taking or killing all wildlife is also prohibited.
If you are unsure whether or not your proposed action is against the Law, contact the Department of the Environment for advice.
Conservation of Wildlife (Jersey) Law 2000 on Jersey Law website
Licensing for protected species
Anyone wishing to handle or disturb a protected species, its den or nest, or to pick a protected plant must hold a valid licence issued by the Department of the Environment.
A licence is also needed to use certain methods of capturing non-protected species of wild animal or bird.
Licences for conservation and research
A licence to carry out conservation or research work affecting protected species can be issued if you have the appropriate training and experience.
Licensed work may involve carrying out repairs to a garden pond where newts or other protected amphibians are known to be breeding.
Download Licence for conservation and research application form 2017 (size 260kb)
Download Guidelines for conservation and research licence (size 310kb)
Download Referee template (size 162kb)
Annual bat roost visitor licence
An annual licence can also be issued to carry out work where bats are known to be roosting, such as
- bat boxes
- tree cavities
- loft spaces
This type of licence will only be issued if you have appropriate training and experience and is for scientific research or educational purposes only.
Download Annual bat roost visitor licence application form (size 260kb)
Download Annual bat roost visitor reporting form (size 71 kb)
Download Bat roost visitor guidance notes (93kb)
Licences for wildlife management
Sometimes the presence of wild birds or animals close to human activities can have issues of public health and safety that need to be resolved by the removal of the wild animal or bird, its nest or den.
Only a licensed pest controller or licensed ecologist is allowed to handle a protected wild animal or bird, or to remove the nest or eggs. Culling is only permitted as a last resort where alternative non-lethal methods have not been successful.
Download Licence to control wild birds other than gulls (size 106kb)
Download Guidelines for a licence to control wild birds other than gulls (size 70kb)
Nuisance seagulls (Home and community section)
Herring gull protection and monitoring
Download Licence to control herring gulls application form 2017 (size 82kb)
Download Guidelines for a licence to control herring gulls (size 69kb)
The pheasant is protected but can cause problems in agricultural environments by damaging crops. An annual licence can be obtained by landowners to allow licensed shooters to control pheasants where this is an issue.
Download Licence to control pheasants application form (size 96kb)
Download Guidelines for a licence to control pheasants (size 64kb)
Licences for possession
Anyone wishing to keep a live wild animal or wild bird that is protected may need to hold a licence.
If you are caring for an injured animal or bird in order to release it back to the wild, a licence may be required. If the animal or bird is still in your care after 28 days, you must contact the Department of the Environment for advice.
Download Application form: licence for possession (size 267kb)
Download Guidance notes: licence for possession (size 297kb)
Applying for a licence
Forms and guidelines can be downloaded or collected from the Department of the Environment.
Read the guidelines carefully as the application will not be considered without all the required information.
Completed forms and supporting information can be sent electronically to the Department for consideration, however a signed copy must be provided for the process to be completed.
Issuing your licence
We will aim to process your application within 10 working days after receiving all the required information.
You will be provided with 2 copies, one of which must be signed by yourself and returned to the Department for the licence to be valid.
You must carry a copy of the licence whilst carrying out licensed work.