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Protected species and wildlife licensing

The Wildlife (Jersey) Law 2021

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, nests, breeding sites and resting sites are protected from harmful activities.

The use of certain lethal methods of taking or killing all wildlife is also prohibited.

The possession, control and release of invasive non-native species of animals, birds and plants is also regulated under the Law.

Areas of Special Protection can also be designated to protect the breeding or resting sites of protected species whilst in use.

If you are unsure whether or not your proposed action is against the Law, or have any further questions, contact Land Resource Management for advice.

Wildlife (Jersey) Law 2021 on the Jersey Law website.

Licensing for protected species

Anyone wishing to handle or disturb a protected species, or to interfere with its:

  • den
  • nest
  • breeding site
  • resting site
  • or to pick a protected plant

must hold a valid licence issued under the Wildlife (Jersey) Law 2021.

A licence is also needed to use certain methods of capturing non-protected species of wild animal or bird.

Applying for a licence

If you need to apply for a licence, or have any questions, please contact Land Resource Management.

Licences for activities on Natural Sites 

If your proposed activities will be carried out on a Natural Site, you may need to seek additional permission.

Natural Sites of Special Interest (SSIs)

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