The Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is asking for views on the Northern Ireland general licences for the killing and taking of pest birds in a public consultation running from 26 May to 21 July 2022.
BASC Northern Ireland urges members, non-members, farmers and anyone else that uses the general licences to control pest birds to complete the online survey form.
You will be asked for your views on whether various species of birds should be on the general licences. You can make comments and share your experience and you will also be asked questions on the terms and conditions of the general licences. You do not need to answer every question to complete the survey.
The NI general licences do not permit the killing or taking of pest birds on Sunday or at night and question 45 can be used to request that these restrictions be removed.
The three general licences outlined below are interim general licences that were issued by DAERA on 16 December 2021 and are valid until 10 September 2022. The key difference between these general licences and the previous ones they replaced is the removal of herring gull, lesser black-backed gull and the great black-backed gull.
The general licences authorise the killing or taking of certain birds, including the taking, damaging or destruction of their eggs, or the disturbance of such a bird or the young of such a bird. Shooting and the use of a cage trap or net are permitted as control methods. The general licences do not apply on Sundays or during the period commencing one hour after sunset on any day ending one hour before sunrise on the next day.
TPG1 – to protect a wild bird collection and preserve public health and public safety
General licence TPG1 covers hooded crow, carrion crow, jackdaw, magpie, feral pigeon, house sparrow and starling.
TPG2 – to prevent serious damage and spread of disease
General licence TPG2 covers hooded crow, carrion crow, jackdaw, magpie, feral pigeon, woodpigeon, rook, house sparrow and starling.
TPG3 – to conserve wild birds
General licence TPG3 covers hooded crow, carrion crow, jackdaw and magpie.