Wildlife control decision ‘sensible’

Natural England’s decision not to complicate rules for farmers and growers who need to protect their crops from certain bird species is sensible, the NFU has said.

It particularly welcomes the removal of the ‘no satisfactory alternative’ legal test which would have placed an onus on general licence users to take appropriate steps to resolve pest problems before controlling certain bird species.

NFU countryside adviser Claire Robinson said: “Shooting is just one of the tools used alongside others including scarecrows, imitation animals and even falconry. So we welcome Natural England’s sensible decision not to complicate the general licence requirements.”

It retains the jackdaw, jay and collared dove on the general licence.