General licences: Tuesday 21 May update

Today, Natural England’s chair and deputy chair Tony Juniper and Lord Blencathra joined me in giving evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee on our decision to revoke three general licences for controlling wild birds.Please read more HERE.

General Licence Update

General Licences to kill or to take wild birds to prevent serious damage or disease; to preserve public health or public safety; and to conserve flora or fauna. Following discussions with representatives of licence users, Natural England is providing some further background to the claim for judicial review brought by Wild Justice concerning three general…


The NPTA Begins a New Chapter

The National Pest Technicians Association is very pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Hallam as their new Chief Operating Officer with effect from May 1st 2019. With the recent departure of the Office Manager and with long-time CEO John Davison looking to retire, it gave the Board the opportunity to look at the Association…


General licences and the next steps

By Marian Spain, interim chief executive Natural England There has been a large amount of media coverage and interest in the decision to revoke the three general licences. These cover 16 species of birds, including several members of the crow family, Canada geese, some gulls, feral and wood pigeons. Natural England announced on Tuesday (23…



National Pest Technicians Association technical manager John Hope has issued a stark warning over the renewed industrial action by Birmingham bin collectors. Last week saw UNITE members begin fresh industrial action – having done the same last summer – and the chance of an impasse between members and Birmingham City Council means the prospect of…