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05 February 2020

How to apply for gull licence as deadline approaches

BPCA is advising all members that they should apply for their individual licences for gull control in good time for breeding season.

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On 30 January Natural England released details of changes to the individual licences for the control of Lesser black-backed and Herring gulls, which you can read more about here

Defra’s general licences for birds will continue to omit these species, because of their poor conservation status.

Class licence WML-CL12 permits the control of lesser black-backed gulls and herring gulls for air safety purposes. You need to register with Natural England to use this class licence.

How do you go about applying for the individual licences and what considerations need to be taken into account? 

Step by step

You can apply for licence A08 if you need to control wild birds because you have concerns about:

  • disease or damage to agricultural land
  • public health and safety
  • conserving plants and animals.

First check your circumstances are not covered by a general licence for birds.

This licence is free of charge and Natural England will make a decision regarding your application within 30 days of receipt. 

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Submitting your application

Individual licence application form A08 is available on the Gov.uk website. 

Apply here

You can also find an Integrated Pest Management plan template here

Attach completed forms and send by email to: GenLicencePh2@naturalengland.org.uk.

Or send completed forms to:

Wildlife Licensing Natural England
Horizon House
Deanery Road
Bristol, BS1 5AH

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13 February 2020

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GENERAL LICENCES: six licences reissued for control of wild birds

Defra has announced that six general licences for the control of wild birds in England will be reissued on a temporary basis ahead of new licences coming into force on 1 August 2020.

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06 February 2020

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BIG BIRD WRAP-UP: General and individual licences for bird control in the UK

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05 February 2020

Latest news

How to apply for gull licence as deadline approaches

BPCA is advising all members that they should apply for their individual licences for gull control in good time for breeding season. On 30 January Natural England released

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16 February 2020

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Volunteers wanted: BPCA Executive Board

Because the BPCA AGM will be earlier this year, we’re appealing for Board members sooner than normal. The AGM will be held in April this year, alongside our Midland forum.

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13 February 2020

Latest news

GENERAL LICENCES: six licences reissued for control of wild birds

Defra has announced that six general licences for the control of wild birds in England will be reissued on a temporary basis ahead of new licences coming into force on 1 August 2020.

Read more

06 February 2020

Latest news

BIG BIRD WRAP-UP: General and individual licences for bird control in the UK

Since April 2019, we’ve had many updates on general licences for bird control in the UK. This quick view page will give you all the headline information and latest updates on general and indi

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