Licence to Take or Interfere with Protected Plant Species

Under Section 21 of the Wildlife Act, an Order was made in 2015, entitled Flora (Protection) Order, declaring certain plants to be protected throughout the State. Under Section 21 it is an offence for a person, except under licence of the Minister, to cut, pick, uproot or otherwise take, purchase, sell or be in possession of any plant whether whole or part, of a species mentioned in the Order, or wilfully to alter, damage, destroy or interfere with the habitat of such a species.

Application forms are available from:

Wildlife Licensing Unit,
National Parks & Wildlife Service,
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht,
7 Ely Place,
Dublin 2.
 
Tel: (01) 888 3242
Email: wildlifelicence@ahg.gov.ie
 

Download the application form: Licence to Take / Interfere with Plant Species

Applications for licences are forwarded for recommendation to NPWS Research Staff. In the absence of any viable alternative, licences are granted where no significant damage will be caused to the conservation status of the species and where the adverse impact on the local population of species is kept to a minimum.