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Big changes for Scotland’s public health general licence
Big changes for Scotland’s public health general licence
NatureScot, Scotland’s Nature Agency, has announced that the new general licence (GL 03/2020) will, from April 1, only cover two species – Canada Goose and feral pigeons.
Arrangements for new gull licences announced
Arrangements for new gull licences announced
Natural England has today released details of the new arrangements to allow pest professionals to use lethal controls to manage herring and lesser black-backed gulls in England. Anyone intending to control these species to protect public health and safety must apply for an individual licence, A08.
Dates announced for Ficam W phase-out
Dates announced for Ficam W phase-out
Following the announcement in December 2019 of the withdrawal of Ficam W (80% bendiocarb), Bayer Environmental Science has today (8 January 2020) announced the phase-out dates. Sales will cease on 8 June 2020 with a use up date of 10 December 2020.
Survey launched by Defra to gather information on General Licences
Survey launched by Defra to gather information on General Licences
On 12 September Defra launched a 12 week online public survey to gather evidence on the control that stakeholders consider is required under the General Licences. This forms part of a planned ongoing review of General Licences to manage wild birds in England.
Bird General Licences saga set to run....
Bird General Licences saga set to run....
Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Things may appear to have settled down following the publication of GL34, GL35 and GL36 on 14 June but, fearfully, this is unlikely to be the end of this story which professional pest control has, almost unintentionally, been drawn into.
Update - Defra and Natural England grilled on 21 May about bird licences
Update - Defra and Natural England grilled on 21 May about bird licences
Few pest controllers could be unaware that Natural England revoked the three general licences for controlling wild birds (GL 04/05/06) on 25 April. The whole saga has reached such a point that there was a special one-off session for MPs on 21 May.
Major changes to bird licensing set to cause chaos for pest professionals
Major changes to bird licensing set to cause chaos for pest professionals
The Government has bowed to pressure from wildlife activists, Chris Packham, Mark Avery and Ruth Tingay and, with effect from tomorrow, 25 April 2019, will be revoking three general licences for controlling wild birds. These licences (GL 04/05/06) cover 16 species of birds including several members of the crow family, Canada goose, some gulls and pigeons.
Prison for director behind illegal online chemical sales
Prison for director behind illegal online chemical sales
A company director has been sent to prison for 10 months for illegally selling chemicals online. The sentence clearly demonstrates that such activity is being taken seriously by the authorities although the timescales taken do seem rather long. The successful prosecution was brought by the Health & Safety Directorate (HSE) following an original complaint dating back to August 2014.


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