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
Ian Danby spoke on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today programme.
New licences went live on Friday, 14 June 2019.
Twelve week online consultation will launch in the summer.
Letter asks environment secretary to consider a number of recommendations for resolving the current general licence “chaos”.
BASC is calling on Defra to reinstate the general licences that were withdrawn by Natural England last month as a matter of “absolute urgency”.
BASC survey completed by 22,000 people and rising.
BASC glad the EFRA committee is “drilling down” into decision.
Environment secretary reiterated the importance of contributing to the Defra review.
An average of 500 responses have been received each hour since the survey was launched.