New bird licences for 2024 being prepared by Defra

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The Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) is renewing the general licences for bird control in England, with no changes expected yet.

The new bird control general licences (known as GL40-42) will come into force on January 1, 2024, and Defra will “replicate the current GL40- 42 conditions in the new licences”.

The licences will be valid for two years starting from January 1.

A Defra spokesperson said: “We will continue to assess any new and emerging evidence concerning risks associated with the control of wild birds authorised by GL40-42.

“If any evidence emerges which necessitates modification of any of the conditions in the licence instruments, we will endeavour to ensure licence users have enough time to adjust to any operational changes that may be required.”

A British Pest Control Association (BPCA) spokesman said that members of the association that need advice when applying for bird control general licences, should get in touch and a member of the BPCA technical team will be able to assist you.

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