Wildlife can be adversely affected by filming and photography. These activities can:
- cause stress
- result in animals getting injured when frightened by activities
- habituate wildlife to the presence of humans which can then pose risks for their future wellbeing
Commercial films as defined in the Wildlife Regulations includes but is not limited to, commercial films, theatrical productions, television productions, and advertisements.
Licensed Wildlife Displayers, Demonstrators or Taxidermists who'd like to provide wildlife for use in a commercial film must apply for permission, 6-8 weeks in advance.
A licensed Wildlife Displayer, Demonstrator or Taxidermist may provide wildlife for use commercial films, in accordance with their wildlife licence conditions. Licence-holders require prior written approval before allowing wildlife to be used in a commercial film.
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Filming wildlife in the wild
Specific written authorisation is not required under the to film wildlife in the wild, provided the wildlife is not in any way confined, controlled, deliberately disturbed or manipulated during filming. Permission may be required from the relevant land manager.
Reviewed 26 April 2021