Licence to Photograph or Film a Protected Wild Animal or Bird

Protected Wild Animals

In general a licence is not required for photography/ filming of protected wild animals provided that there will be no risk of disturbance to the breeding place of any animal, however, if you intend to photograph a protected wild animal on or near the breeding place of such an animal, a licence is required;

  • under Section 23 (6)(b) of the Wildlife Act, 1976 (as amended) a licence is required for a person to take or make photographic, video or other pictures of a protected wild animal of a species specified in the licence, on or near the breeding place of such an animal. 

Animal Species protected under the Wildlife Acts are listed below:

Mammals Amphibians Reptiles Invertebrates
Badger
All Bat species
All Deer species
Hare species
Hedgehog
Otter
Pine Marten
Red Squirrel
Dolphin species
Porpoise species
Seal species
Whale species
Pygmy Shrew
Stoat
Natterjack Toad
Common Frog
Common Newt
Common Lizard
Leatherback turtle
Freshwater crayfish
Freshwater pearl mussel
Kerry slug

Wild Birds

In general a licence is not required for photography/ filming of wild birds provided that there will be no risk of disturbance to a nest containing eggs or unflown young of any bird, however, if you intend to photograph a wild bird on or near the breeding place of such a bird, a licence is required

  • under Section 22 (9)(f) of the Wildlife Act, 1976 (as amended) a licence is required for a person to take or make photographic, video or other pictures of a wild bird of a species specified in the licence on or near a nest containing eggs or unflown young.

All wild birds are protected under national and EU law.

Applications are considered on their merits in accordance with the Statutory Obligations of the Minister set out in the Wildlife Act, 1976 (as amended).

Applications for permissions are made on a standard application form attached and should be posted or emailed to:

Wildlife Licence Unit
National Parks and Wildlife Service
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
90 King Street North
Smithfield
Dublin 7
D07 N7CV
 
Phone: (064) 662 7300
Email: wildlifelicence@chg.gov.ie
 

Download an application form for a Licence to Photograph/Film a Protected Wild Animal

Download an application form for a Licence to Photograph or Film a Protected Wild Bird