What is a Photographing Wildlife Licence?
While wildlife photography can be a great past time for both amateur and professional photographers, it is also a responsibility to ensure that animals are given both the respect and privacy within their natural habitat.
In Northern Ireland, certain wildlife animals are listed as protected. As a result, any photographer that wishes to photograph any protected animal must seek authorisation from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.
This authorisation comes in the form of a Photographing Wildlife Licence and permits authorised individuals to take photos of protected animals that would otherwise be illegal.
What are classed as protected animals?
Protected animals in relation to a Photographing Wildlife Licence include badgers, pine martens, common newts, common lizards, freshwater mussels and certain species of butterfly.
It is an offensive to disturb any of these listed animals or damage or destroy anything which conceals or protects the entrance to the shelter of a protected animal.
How to apply for a Photographing Wildlife Licence
Applications for a Photographing Wildlife Licence can be made via the Official Northern Ireland Environment Agency Website.