Three new general licences for the killing or taking of wild birds in England

Three new general licences for the killing or taking of wild birds in England were issued at 00:01 on Friday 14 June 2019. If you’re a land owner, occupier or other authorised person you can use these general licences to carry out a range of otherwise prohibited activities against certain wild birds. You do not need to apply for this general licence but you must meet its conditions and follow its instructions. The 3 new general licences cover species and specific purposes that Defra considers appropriate in light of the evidence, including statutory advice from Natural England. At this stage, the new licences will not apply to European protected sites.

GL34 - Licence to kill or take for the conservation of wild birds and flora or fauna

This licence applies to these wild birds:

  • Carrion Crow - Corvus corone
  • Jackdaw - Corvus monedula
  • Jay - Garrulus glandarius
  • Magpie - Pica pica
  • Rook - Corvus frugilegus
  • Goose, Canada - Branta Canadensis
  • Goose, Egyptian - Alopochen aegyptiacus
  • Parakeet, Monk - Myiopsitta monachus
  • Parakeet, Ring-necked - Psittacula krameri
  • Sacred Ibis - Threskiornis aethiopicus
  • Indian house-crow - Corvus splendens

GL35 - Licence to kill or take for public health or safety

This licence applies to these wild birds:

  • Carrion Crow - Corvus corone
  • Jackdaw - Corvus monedula
  • Magpie - Pica pica
  • Pigeon, Feral - Columba livia
  • Rook - Corvus frugilegus
  • Goose, Canada - Branta Canadensis
  • Parakeet, Monk - Myiopsitta monachus

GL36 - Licence to kill or take to prevent serious damage

This licence applies to these wild birds:

  • Carrion crow - Corvus corone
  • Jackdaw - Corvus monedula
  • Magpie - Pica pica
  • Pigeon, Feral - Columba livia
  • Rook - Corvus frugilegus
  • Woodpigeon - Columba palumbus
  • Goose, Canada - Branta Canadensis
  • Parakeet, Monk - Myiopsitta monachus
  • Parakeet, Ring-necked - Psittacula krameri
  • Goose, Egyptian - Alopochen aegyptiacus

You can read more specifics here on the UK.Gov website

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