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UK Laws: Captive Bred


Article 10 Certificate

A keeper offering for sale, reward or commercially displaying a captive bred Barn Owl must have in his or her possession an Article 10 Certificate issued by DEFRA. The bird must also wear either closed leg ring or be fitted with a microchip implant.

Releasing Captive Bred Barn Owls
The releasing of captive bred Barn Owls into the wild is an illegal offence.

All captive release licenses have now been terminated.
Information regarding this can be obtained from DEFRA (AHVLA) (See below for contact details)

This next section might be a little confusing, we advise you to read this carefully.

The law in the section headed "Article 10 Certificate" does not apply for captive bred Barn Owls when they are not used for sale, reward or commercial display.
Whilst it is usually assumed that Barn Owls in captivity are held legally & bred in captivity, it must be remembered that a keeper can be called upon at any time to prove the birds origin & that it wasn't taken from the wild. (It is always a good practice to get birds registered)
For birds that are not covered by an article 10 certificate & displayed to the public or used commercially for any reason we strongly advice you get the bird registered with DEFRA.
For closed leg rings & microchipping, contact (IBR) The Independent Bird Register.

In any dispute this will help to prove that the birds origin is that of captive bred & not wild. This is the responsibility of good Owl Keeper. (Further details of the above organisations can be found below)

Laws, Legalisation & Article 10's

What does an Article 10 Certificate look like
(See Image on right)

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Contact Information

DEFRA: (AHVLA) Bird Registration

Floor 1, Zone Seventeen.
Temple Quay House
2 The Square. Bristol. BS1 6EB

Telephone: 0117 372 8000
Website: DEFRA (AHVLA)


Gloucestershire Police Wildlife Liaison Officers
If you feel a wildlife crime is being committed.
Telephone: 0845 090 1234

Rings, Microchipping & Bird Registration

IBR: Independent Bird Register

104 Wyre Drive



M28 1HN

Tel: 0161 790 5613
Fax: 0161 790 3129

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