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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.
 
Rodenticide packs getting smaller Rodenticide packs getting smaller
Regulatory changes mean that large 20kg packs of loose grain, pellets or granular rodenticide baits are being withdrawn from the market. The change will affect all such rodenticides currently available in 20kg sacks but the timing of the withdrawals will vary depending on when the product authorisations were renewed.
 
Norway rat control back on the Phostoxin and Talunex labels but... Norway rat control back on the Phostoxin and Talunex labels but...
The suspension of the approval of aluminium phosphide for the non-agricultural control of Norway rats has been lifted. This means that pest professionals holding the correct qualification – that’s the Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Aluminium Phosphide for Vertebrate Pest Control - can, once again, use Phostoxin and Talunex for rodent control. However, there is a ‘but’ and it’s a ‘big but’!
 
Update on Spring Traps Approval Order Update on Spring Traps Approval Order
It looks very much as if the deadline for the removal of many of the traps currently approved for use against stoats is to be extended to 1 April 2020. This is good news for those involved in trapping as it provides more time for new more humane trap designs to go through the approvals system.
 


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