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Province of Groningen: applying for an exemption relating to protected plants and animals

You may not simply kill, capture or intentionally disturb protected species. It is also forbidden to take eggs and to deliberately destroy or damage nests, roosting places and eggs. In addition, you may not pick protected plants. Is this necessary for public health, public safety or education, for example? You must then apply for an exemption.

You can only obtain an exemption under the following conditions:

  • There is no other suitable solution.
  • It is in the interest of public health and safety.
  • It is in the interest of air traffic safety.
  • The aim is to prevent damage to crops, livestock, forests, commercial fisheries and waters.
  • The aim is to protect plant and animal species.
  • The aim is to promote research or education, or to restock or reintroduce plant and animal species.
  • In the case of certain birds: it is necessary to allow the capture, keeping and sensible use of these birds in small quantities in a selective and strictly controlled manner.
  • Your activities do not reduce the population of the plant or animal species.

An exemption for management and damage control may be granted by the province to a wildlife management unit on the basis of an approved wildlife management plan. There are some exceptions, which are set out in the wildlife management plan.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Province of Groningen

Last updated on 25 January 2024