307. Licences.

The offences under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 20171 that implement EU provisions to protect certain wild animals2 do not apply to anything done under and in accordance with the terms of a licence granted under the following provisions3.

The relevant licensing body4 may grant a licence for the following purposes5:

(1)     scientific or educational purposes;

(2)     ringing or marking, or examining any ring or mark on, wild animals;

(3)     conserving wild animals or wild plants or introducing them to particular areas;

(4)     protecting any zoological or botanical collection;

(5)     preserving public health or public safety or other imperative reasons of overriding public