25/4/2019

Attention corvid trappers (in England)!

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From midnight tonight it will be illegal to trap, shoot (or otherwise kill or take) the General Licence species such as crows, magpies and woodpigeons in England. (More here.)

Natural England is preparing its new licences. We are expecting to hear more about its new Individual Licences today, and developments on its other new licences next week.

What about my Larsen trap?

In England, it will be illegal to use a Larsen trap from midnight tonight (until you are covered by the replacement licensing system).

What should I do with my trap?

1)   We recommend you render it inoperable (preferably locked) or, where possible, bring them in. Otherwise, turn them upside down to remove any doubt that the trap is out of use.
2)   You must remove any trapped birds, or calling birds from your Larsen traps in England from before midnight tonight.

Do I have to kill or release my calling birds before midnight too?

No. You may keep these in an aviary, where you must provide (per the Animal Welfare Act 2006):

  • Food
  • Water
  • Shelter
  • Perches
  • Inspect them at least daily

How big must the aviary be?

As a general rule, the minimum size requires each bird to be able to fully extend its wings in all directions. A Larsen trap compartment size is normally too small, hence Larsen traps must not be used as aviaries.

If you have further questions, please contact:

Natural England
County Hall, Spetchley Road
Worcester
WR5 2NP
United Kingdom 

Email: enquiries@naturalengland.org.uk
Telephone: 0300 060 3900
Opening times: 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

Please ring Natural England directly with any further questions you may have.

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