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Defra announces three new general bird control licences

Based on the response to its call for evidence on the impact of Natural England's decision to withdraw three general licences for the management of certain wild birds (GL04, 05 and 06), Defra has issued three new general licences (GL34, 35 and 36).

Defra has advised that these licences will be valid until 29 February 2020. In the meantime, Defra will lead a review of longer-term general licensing arrangements, with a public consultation due to be launched by the end of the summer.

The NFU has prepared a briefing for members that includes what the new general licences cover, how to access guidance from Defra, and what to do if you need to carry out control on a European protected site.

(Published by the NFU: 14 June 2019)