DEFRA General Licence Update


Defra has recently announced three new General Licences for shooting or trapping of certain birds in England.

The new general licences, which come into effect on 1 January 2021, provide the legal basis for the control of certain birds such as crows and woodpigeon for reasons such as conservation, protecting public health and safety and to prevent damage to crops and livestock.

All the birds within the current licences remain in at least one or more of the new general licences. It will be essential that users comply fully with the terms and conditions and that the licence is applicable to the circumstances within which they are shooting.

Conservation general Licence GL40

Public health and safety general licence GL41

Serious damage general licence GL42