Who can legally harvest cockles in the Dee Estuary

Commercial harvesters

Commercial harvesters must have a licence to gather cockles.

Members of the public

Members of the public can take up to 5kg of cockles a day for personal consumption when the cockle beds are open.

Cockle beds are open:

  • Between 1 July and 31 December
  • Between Monday and Saturday only
  • During daylight hours only

Renewing your Dee Estuary cockle licence

Commercial harvesters will need to renew their licence each year.

We will contact each licence holder individually to invite you to renew.

Contact us

For general queries, or to discuss endorsement, contact us.

Email us at enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk.

Write to us at Natural Resources Wales, Ty Cambria, 29 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 OTP.

Call 0300 065 3000.

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