Licences

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, licences can be issued, for limited periods, by Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, Northern Ireland Office and Natural Resources Wales.

There are several 'General Licences' that are openly available. They allow pest species to be killed for approved reasons by authorised persons using approved methods. They can only be relied upon in circumstances where the authorised person can demonstrate that appropriate non-lethal methods of control such as scaring or proofing are either ineffective or impractical.

There are 'Class Licences' for food premises and aerodromes in England, and also 'Special Licences' to be applied for by individuals. These are for the use of any other killing method not covered by the General or Class Licences or for any species other than those listed in the General or Class Licences.

For General, Class and Special Licences:

England https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/bird-licences

Scotland http://www.snh.gov.uk/protecting-scotlands-nature/species-licensing/bird-licensing/

Northern Ireland www.ehsni.gov.uk/wildlife

Wales http://wales.gov.uk/topics/environmentcountryside/consmanagement/ conservationbiodiversity/wildlifelicences/wildlifelicences/?lang=en/p>

*All information correct at the time of publishing. Ensure you check with your national authority to keep up-to-date with changes in legislation.