General licences are issued by government agencies to provide a legal basis for people to carry out a range of activities relating to wildlife. By definition you do not need to apply for general licences but you are required by law to abide by their terms and conditions.
General licences are renewed annually in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. These general licences are made available on the websites of the relevant government agencies and include those general licences relevant to the all year round control of ‘pest birds’ such as carrion and hooded crows, magpies and woodpigeon. Control methods allowed under general licence may include shooting; the destruction of eggs and nests; and the use of cage traps such as larsen traps, larsen mates and multi-catch traps.
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Latest general licences press releases
The results from BASC’s members survey have been highlighted in Defra’s final report on their call for evidence on the future use of general licences.
Play your part in NRW general licence review to ensure future licences are fit for purpose.
Ian Danby spoke on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today programme.
New licences went live on Friday, 14 June 2019.
BASC chief executive Ian Bell met Michael Gove ahead of announcement.
BASC’s focus will remain on ensuring new, workable general licences are issued as soon as possible.
“A workable solution is needed in days not weeks,” says BASC.
Ninety-nine per cent of respondents reported damage, loss or risk.
SNH has now stated they will be reviewing their own general licences and that there will be a 12-week consultation later this summer. So is this is SNH buckling under? I don’t think so.