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Leg rings for protected bird species

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If you breed protected indigenous or exotic birds, you must fit each bird with a closed leg ring. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency has designated a number of organisationsExternal link (in Dutch) where you can obtain these rings.

Please note: The technical requirements imposed by the Netherlands in respect of leg rings may differ from those of other EU Member States. If a leg ring is already allowed in another EU Member State, the authorities may ban its sale in the Netherlands only in exceptional cases.

Recognition bird organisations

Organisations providing leg rings for birds must be recognized by the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. They must also keep an account of all leg rings they have distributed and keep them for at least 5 years.

Online application procedure via Message Box

Using Message Box you can apply digitally for recognition as a bird organisation to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Any further questions?

Netherlands Enterprise Agency +31 (0)88 602 44 44