Tell us how the general licence situation affects you

Natural England’s decision to revoke three general licences in April 2019 caused chaos for many in the countryside. We were asked by Defra to submit a document containing evidence of the impact caused by the changes.

Our submission, including responses from over 450 members, helped to inform the decision to reinstate General Licences, according to the Government response to the consultation.

We still want to hear how it affects you

This issue is ongoing - please add your comments below and we will ensure they are included. If you prefer to submit your comments via email, please email editor@gwct.org.uk.

In particular Defra want a clear understanding of the implications for the protection of wild birds, and the impacts on crops, livestock, wildlife, disease, human health and safety and wider nature conservation efforts.

The evidence gathered from this, along with the information that Defra and Natural England have already received since 25 April, will inform their future approach in order to get back to a satisfactory situation.

Please include, where possible:

1) Your views on the alternatives to killing or taking a specific bird species.

2) Your experience or evidence of any benefits that were delivered by the three revoked general licences

3) Your experience or evidence of any problems with or caused by the three revoked general licences. Are there any conditions, in your view, that could be attached to general licences to address these issues?

4) Your experience or evidence of any problems caused by the revocation of the three revoked general licences.

Please get in touch below or on editor@gwct.org.uk.


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