Natural England withdrew general licences GL04, GL05 and GL06 for controlling wild birds on 25 April 2019. It has issued general licences to:

Defra issued general licences on 14th June 2019 to:

You can read the statement from Defra, which includes a useful Q&A here (pdf).

If your circumstances are not covered by these general licences you must apply for an individual licence. All other bird licences can be found on the Defra website here.

July 2019: The Countryside Alliance, along with other countryside organisations, has written to the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to congratulate her on her appointment, and to suggest the future direction that we believe the General Licences (GLs) for bird control should take, ahead of the review that Defra will be launching later in the year. Read the letter here.

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