29/04/2019



On Tuesday, 23 April, following a legal challenge by activist group Wild Justice, Natural England (NE) suspended three general licences (GL 04/05/06), under which 16 bird species could be legally controlled in England. Since then, there has been much confusion in the fieldsports community about what this means and how the situation is being rectified.

The ability to control several species of wild birds – including carrion crows, magpies and woodpigeons – to prevent serious damage or disease, to preserve public health or public safety, and to conserve flora and fauna under ‘open licences’, were all revoked in an unprecedented move by the statutory agency, at less than 36 hours’ notice.

 

pigeon shooting licenses

 

In its position statement on the matter, NE stated that they hope to have further new general licences in place this week (week beginning Monday, 29 April).

The first of these new general licences to be released – that for controlling crows – was released last week but has been called ‘hurried’, ‘shoddy’, ‘botched’ and ‘completely unfit for purpose’ by our leading countryside organisations. This view has been expressed in a joint letter to Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

In the meantime, anybody who needs to act within the law to control wild birds before the licence they need is ready, can apply for individual licences online, here.

 

SHARE ON

Fly fishing is the perfect antidote to modern life

Answering the call of the wild

Find out more

Latest Articles

Snipe jacket potatoes à la Koffmann

Tom Kitchin shares his snipe jacket potato recipe with us. Easy to follow but guaranteed to push your cooking to the next level

Read More

Lead: A poisonous issue

Waitrose is the largest retailer of game in Britain. Communications manager John Gregson wrote the supermarket’s controversial policy on selling game shot with lead. As a keen shooter, he understands the subject well.

Read More

A brace of snipe and a pint of port

Prime ministers, Charles Darwin and many more besides have all enjoyed the prospect of snipe; says Jeremy Hobson

Read More

From the emporium

Volume I • Issue V


Buy Now

Vol III • Issue II


Buy Now

Rachel Carrie Game and Gatherings The Cook Book


Buy Now

Game and Gatherings The Cook Book - Signed Edition


Buy Now