Following talks with the British Pest Control Association (BPCA), Natural England has updated its process to include a new screening process to help speed up and improve the issuing of individual licences for gull control.
BPCA said it has been in regular communication with Natural England and arranged a roundtable with members to make sure licences were issued promptly, and communication between Natural England and pest professionals has improved.
Lesser black-backed gulls and herring gulls require an individual licence to control in England, as both species are absent from general licences.
Last year saw the sector struggle to obtain these licences and get feedback from Natural England.
The new ‘Control wild birds for conservation or health and safety: submit an A08 screening form’ is now available from Natural England. To request a screening form, email email@example.com.
You will then receive a link to the screening process, which is designed to speed up the application process and get feedback on your licensing requirements, before you go through the effort of completing a full application.