Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, welcomes news that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Natural England have today announced three new general licences in England. This was in response to the feedback from the revocation of the licences in April which showed the effect on individuals and groups.
The new licences will allow users to control certain species of wild birds in order to conserve wild birds or flora and fauna, preserve public health or public safety and prevent serious damage to livestock, foodstuffs for livestock, crops, vegetables, fruit, growing timber, fisheries or inland water.
Anne-Marie said “This follows weeks of lobbying both the Secretary of State and Natural England to draw their attention to the effect this change would have had on our rural communities. I am so pleased that they have seen sense on this issue”.