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Birds - Licence forms and guidance documents (science, research and photography)

If you can’t find the relevant forms or guidance below for what you want to do, please see our licensing or protected species pages for further information on what needs a licence and how to apply.

Licence returns

If there isn’t a return form below for your licence, please email licensing@nature.scot with the information as requested on the conditions of your licence.

Licence amendments and renewals

If you wish to amend or renew an existing or expired licence, please email licensing@nature.scot with the changes to be made or details of the renewal, quoting the licence number.  Please ensure that you have provided any required licence return before requesting a licence renewal.

Forms and guidance

Licence application form - bird survey

Licence application form - bird photography

Licence application form - reference form

Licence return form - Schedule 1 surveys and monitoring and photography licences

Guidance – notes for surveys and monitoring supported by SNH

Guidance – accompanying notes for schedule 1 bird survey and monitoring licences

Guidance – accompanying notes for survey and monitoring licences

Guidance – capercaillie survey methods

Guidance – wildlife photography in Scotland

Guidance – data protection notice

Guidance - protected birds species list

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