328. Power to grant licences.

Licences may be granted by specified appropriate authorities1 to permit acts which would otherwise contravene one or more of the provisions of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 concerning the protection of wild birds, their nests and eggs, if done for certain specified purposes2.

The specified purposes are:

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    (1)     scientific or educational3;

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    (2)     ringing or marking, or examining any ring or mark on, wild birds4;

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    (3)     conserving wild birds5;

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    (4)     the re-population of an area with, or the re-introduction into an area of, wild birds, including any breeding necessary for those purposes6;

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    (5)     conserving flora or fauna7;

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    (6)     protecting any