General Licences Survey on general licences for the control of wild birds New General Licences Available Related Rural organisations unite to resolve shock Natural England decision General Licences – Frequently Asked Questions - Written by Natural England Defra take control in General Licence chaos Action Required: Defra Call for Evidence on General Licences Leading organisations respond to Defra’s new general licences Three new General Licences announced Countryside Alliance responds to Natural England revoking three general licences Natural England causes chaos with General Licence decision Natural England withdrew general licences GL04, GL05 and GL06 for controlling wild birds on 25 April 2019. It has issued general licences to: kill or take Canada geese to preserve public health and safety (GL28) kill or take carrion crows to prevent serious damage to livestock (GL26) kill or take woodpigeons to prevent serious damage to crops (GL31) Defra issued general licences on 14th June 2019 to: kill or take wild birds to conserve wild birds and to conserve flora and fauna (GL34) kill or take wild birds to preserve public health or public safety (GL35) kill or take wild birds to prevent serious damage to livestock, foodstuffs for livestock, crops, vegetables, fruit, growing timber, fisheries or inland waters (GL36) You can read the statement from Defra, which includes a useful Q&A here (pdf). If your circumstances are not covered by these general licences you must apply for an individual licence. All other bird licences can be found on the Defra website here. July 2019: The Countryside Alliance, along with other countryside organisations, has written to the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to congratulate her on her appointment, and to suggest the future direction that we believe the General Licences (GLs) for bird control should take, ahead of the review that Defra will be launching later in the year. Read the letter here.