Wales – Natural Resources Wales have issued new General Licences on the 7th of October 2019
NRW have revoked five General Licences in Wales and have issued four new General Licences which are valid until December 31st 2019. The licences are set out below with a link direct to the NRW page
GL001: Licence to kill or take certain wild birds to prevent 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. Species covered: Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jackdaw, Feral Pigeon, Woodpigeon, Canadian Goose.
GL001 no longer permits the lawful control of rook, jay, or collared dove.
GL002 – Licence to kill or take certain wild birds for the purpose of preserving public health and preventing the spread of disease to humans. Species covered: Feral Pigeon
Only one species remains and that is the feral pigeon. You can no longer lawfully control carrion crow, magpie, jackdaw, rook, jay, collared dove, and wood pigeon. These species are omitted from the list whilst operating under GL002.
GL004 – Licence to kill or take certain wild birds for the purpose of conserving wild birds. Species covered: Carrion Crow, Magpie, Jackdaw, Jay
The following can be lawfully controlled but only for the protection of chicks and eggs, not adult birds, that are red and amber listed, which are noted in the Annexe of the General Licence; carrion crow, jay, magpie, jackdaw. This will not now include rook, feral pigeon or Canada goose.
GL016 - Licence to take and release alive certain wild birds from food premises for the purpose of preserving public health and public safety. Species covered: Blackbird, Dunnock, Robin, Sparrow, Starling, Song Thrush, Blue Tit, Great tit, Pied Wagtail
This licence permits authorised persons (as set out in the definitions) to take and release alive and unharmed any of the wild birds listed above.
Further restrictions have been imposed on where you can operate under the General Licences, excluding SSSI areas and their boundaries up to 300 metres (except the Dovey estuary where it extends to a zone of 500 metres). This covers a large area across Wales, and is home to many of the most vulnerable species that previously benefitted from protection under the old General Licences.
Bespoke licences can still be applied for via NRW’s online portal. You will be required to provide evidence of the need to control the species and details of the alternative methods to lethal control already undertaken. Bird Licences can be found on this page here.