Natural England Releases New Licences for Use Against Herring Gulls and Lesser Black-Backed Gulls
Natural England has released the new Licence A08, to control the lesser black-backed gull or herring gull to prevent disease, damage or risk to public health and safety.
They advise that applications should be submitted before 15th March 2020, if possible.
For details on this new licence, please visit the Natural England website
Additionally, Natural England has released form LR36 to report actions taken to control gulls to conserve other birds under licence A36.
For details on this new report, please visit the Natural England website
Information from Natural England
- Natural England’s article on changes to gull licensing and the associated Q&A to support applicants
- Q&A for licence users and applicants
- The Herring Gulls and Lesser Black Backed Gulls were removed from the general licenses due to a decline in nesting populations (60% decline in Herring gulls) & (48% decline in Lesser black-backed gulls) since 1986.
- There will be different requirements for Urban and Rural gulls;
Urban – license applications will have a new requirement for an integrated management strategy to be included with any submission, with the priority being to establish more effective methods for control; coexistence is the aim due to conservation of species. The Natural England website will include a template for submission and guidance.
Rural – introduce maximum scale of control (limit) based on established benchmark 5% of natural mortality, and the licences will have to be prioritised. Individual license application will be issued on a case by case basis.
- The definition of urban/rural will be based on land use.
- Airfield, landfill and ports – classed as rural, but there is further survey work to be carried out in summer for urban areas.