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THREE NEW GENERAL LICENCES ANNOUNCED

Three new general licences announced

THREE NEW GENERAL LICENCES ANNOUNCED

Three new general licences for the killing or taking of wild birds in England will be issued on the morning of Friday 14 June (tomorrow).

The new licences will allow users to control certain species of wild birds in order to:

  • Conserve wild birds and flora or fauna (WML GL34)
  • Preserve public health or public safety (WML GL35)
  • Prevent serious damage to livestock, foodstuffs for livestock, crops, vegetables, fruit, growing timber, fisheries or inland waters (WML GL36)

SACS and other bodies and individuals responded to the earlier Defra call for evidence following Natural England’s revocation of the three main General Licences after a legal challenge by a group of anti-shooters. Today’s announcement follows this consultation.

The licences will be valid until 29 February 2020. Later this summer Defra will launch a broader consultation on the General licences going forward from next year.

**STOP PRESS** Please see the latest SACS news update linked below for links to the new GLs and guidance:
/news/new-general-licences-for-england-links-and-info

Defra statement can be read here:Defra statement