Update on General Licences

The outcome from the call for evidence made by Defra on the use of general licences for the management of certain wild birds was published on 11th July 2019

In May SongBird Survival submitted our evidence, on behalf of all our members and supporters (see full details here)

Defra has now responded to this call.  Details of this outcome:

Defra received over 4,000 responses to the call for evidence. 36 local and national organisations responded, including conservation, animal welfare, pest control, farming, game keeping and land management organisations.

The Secretary of State has decided to issue time-limited licences based on:

  • information gathered through this call for evidence
  • other relevant evidence, including statutory advice from Natural England

Defra will lead a further review later this year, working closely with Natural England. This will:

  • include an initial public consultation which we intend to launch in the summer
  • give users an opportunity to engage once again by submitting any further evidence they would like considered

Full details of Defra's statement can be found here.

As well as the full 109 page response paper here (see page 37 for details of SongBird Survival's species evidence summary.)

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