This consultation concerns commonly kept smaller birds listed on Part 1 Schedule 3 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) and does not apply to game birds.
Schedule 3 birds can be sold if they meet certain requirements e.g. are ringed. Some birds not listed on Schedule 3 can be sold by people relying on a general licence, issued by the relevant national licensing authority, if certain conditions are met.
For other birds sale is only allowed by an individual licence issued by the relevant national licensing authority. This may happen if a bird has been bought in another EU Member State for onward sale in the UK and does not meet the requirements of the regulations for that species.
Concerns have been raised that the current regulation of trade in these captive-bred birds needs reform, as it may restrict trade in captive-bred birds imported into the UK from other European Member States.
This consultation provides three options which could resolve these concerns. It also asks for information on a number of other issues relating to trade in captive bred birds which will be used to inform future policy.
The consultation will run from 28 January 2015 to the 24 March 2015.