There has been extensive media coverage about the decision to revoke three general licences covering the control of wild birds including several members of the crow family, Canada geese, some gulls, feral and wood pigeons. Following a legal challenge by the organisation “Wild Justice” (headed by Chris Packham), Natural England announced on Tuesday 23rd April that these general licences would be revoked from Friday 26th April.
Defra has issued guidance on how to apply for an individual licence to control these bird species for reasons of protecting public health and safety, flora and fauna, or to prevent damage or spread of disease. The guidance notes are on the following link and note there is an on-line application for urgent cases:
Further information and license application forms are on the following link: