General Licences - Wales

New Welsh general licences

As of 7 October 2019, Natural Resources Wales have published three new general licences for the shooting and trapping of pest birds Once these new general licences go live the existing general licences GL001GL002 and GL004 will no longer be valid.

If you intend shooting or trapping pest birds under general licence on or after Monday 7 October it is vital that you have read and understood the new general licences.

Rook and collared dove

From 7 October onwards you will not be able to shoot or trap rooks or collared doves under general licence. If you need to control rooks or collared doves you will need to apply to apply for a specific licence to do so. If you are a BASC member and need advice please email our game and gundogs team or call 01244 573 019.

Click here to apply for a specific licence to control rooks and collared doves

Protected sites

From 7 October onwards you will not be able to use general licences in, or within 300 metres of, 203 protected sites in Wales. In addition, for one protected site – the Dyfi Estuary SSSI – general licences will not apply within 500 metres of the site boundary. A list of protected sites where the new general licences do not apply can be found in an Annex at the end of each of the general licences.

GL001 – Prevention of serious damage to crops and livestock (valid from 7 October)

This general licence is for the revised purpose of preventing serious damage to livestock, foodstuffs for livestock, crops, vegetables or fruit, or to prevent the spread of disease to livestock, foodstuffs for livestock, crops, vegetables or fruit.

It authorises the killing or taking of Canada goose, carrion crow, jackdaw, feral pigeon, magpie and wood pigeon. This includes damaging or destroying their nests and taking or destroying their eggs. It also authorises the use of carrion crow, jackdaw and magpie as decoys in cage traps.

Click here for an advance copy of GL001 (not signed or dated)

GL002 – Preservation of public health (valid from 7 October)

This general licence is for the purpose of preserving public health and preventing the spread of disease.

It authorises the killing or taking of feral pigeon. This includes damaging or destroying their nests and taking or destroying their eggs. It also authorises the use of any device for illuminating a target or any sighting device for night shooting; the use of any form of artificial lighting or any mirror or other dazzling device; or of any hand held or hand propelled net to take birds whilst not in flight.

Click here for an advance copy of GL002 (not signed or dated)

GL004 – Conservation of wild birds (valid from 7 October)

This general licence is for the revised purpose of conserving wild birds.

It authorises the killing or taking of carrion crow, jackdaw, jay and magpie. This includes damaging or destroying their nests and taking or destroying their eggs. It also authorises the use of carrion crow, jackdaw, jay and magpie as decoys in cage traps.

The above control methods are authorised to conserve only the chicks and eggs of bird species listed in Annex 1 of the licence.

Click here for an advance copy of GL004 (not signed or dated)

More information on the new general licences

Natural Resources Wales briefing on the new Welsh general licences

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Latest press releases – Wales general licences

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