All the latest news and advice concerning general licences and how they affect you.
The Department of Environment, Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has introduced interim general licences that permit the killing or taking of wild birds.
- General licence to kill or take certain birds TPG1 – Licence TPG1
- General licence to kill or take certain birds TPG2 – Licence TPG2
- General licence to kill or take certain birds TPG3 – Licence TPG3
There are additional conditions which must be observed prior to use on protected sites such as Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSIs). Advisory material has also been added to the general licences so members should familiarise themselves with the changes prior to using them.
To date, DAERA has not amended the general licences to permit their use on a Sunday. In not doing so, BASC believes that DAERA has missed an important opportunity to assist farmers, gamekeepers and conservationists in maximising the benefits of the general licences. BASC will continue to push for this change.
BASC will continue to engage with DAERA to ensure there is evidence to back up these changes and that the licences are easily understood and workable.
If you have any questions about general licences, please contact the BASC NI office on 028 92 605050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org