Sector

08 May 2019

New general licences for controlling Canada geese and wood pigeon comes into force

On Friday 3 May Natural England published two new general licences for controlling birds.

The licences, which allows people to kill or take Canada geese to preserve public health and safety and wood pigeon for preventing serious damage to crops are part of a programme to replace the previous general licences for controlling 16 species of birds.

Two new general licences out now

Natural England has said it is working at full speed to ensure that those affected by the decision to revoke three general licences can continue to control certain wild birds where necessary.

Further general licences will be issued as quickly as possible. This will mean people can continue to take the necessary action as they do now, while also taking into account the needs of wildlife.

Interim measures for controlling birds now that general licences have been revoked

Those who need to control Canada geese and wood pigeon in the circumstances described in these licences can now do so without further steps - there is no need to apply for an individual licence.

For people who need to take action in other situations before new general licences are issued, Natural England has also published an online application system for individual control licences. During the application process, users will be advised how to take urgent action if they cannot wait for their application to be determined.

Natural England has said the decision to revoke these licences was not taken lightly and that they "explored all other options available but was left with no choice but to revoke the licences".

"This was done to protect people with legitimate reasons to control wildlife from potentially committing offences by acting outside the law".

Natural England’s interim chief executive Marian Spain said:

“The new licences should give peace of mind to people who need to shoot to control certain wildlife that they can do so within the law.

“I recognise, as does my team at Natural England, that the interim measures will cause disruption for licence users. This is not a ban on control, it is a change to the licences that allow control to take place.”

NEED TO CONTROL A SPECIES NOT COVERED BY A GENERAL LICENCE?

BPCA met with Natural England to discuss how pest management professionals can continue to protect public health, even if a specific general licence hasn't been published yet.

You can read our guide on what to do in the interim here. 

Read now

Source: Online

Highlights View all news

27 September 2019

Latest news

BPCA Registered accepted route for register of pest professionals in Ireland

BPCA Registered has been approved as a recognised system for the employees of members working in Ireland to evidence their skills, qualifications and continued professional development.  T

Read more

04 June 2019

Latest news

BPCA marks World Pest Day 2019 with message to local authorities

Today is World Pest Day and to celebrate we’re launching a targeted campaign to local authorities. We’re urging councils across the UK to put pest management firmly on their radar,

Read more

28 May 2019

Latest news

INFOGRAPHIC: PestEx the pest management show 2019 in numbers

Events | PPC95 May 2019 Need proof that PestEx is the biggest and most significant event in the professional pest management diary? Take a look at our infographic to see how the show has g

Read more
Latest View all news

13 November 2019

Latest news

Egg-cellent news for Bayer

BPCA Manufacturer and Distributor member Bayer's Harmonix® poultry red mite (PRM) is now included in the BEIC list of products that can be used on Lion Code egg farms. Ken B

Read more

13 November 2019

Latest news

Killgerm announce Scandinavian acquisition

BPCA member company Killgerm Group Ltd recently announced the completion of its acquisition of Milluck AB. Founded in 2007 and based in Malmö, Sweden, Milluck supplies the professiona

Read more

13 November 2019

Latest news

CEPA launches pest management professionalisation initiative

On 1 October, the European pest management services trade association (CEPA) launched its Memorandum of Understanding on Professionalisation of the Pest Management Industry, in an event hosted

Read more