Natural England has begun the process of contacting pest professionals in relation to applications for individual bird control licences.
An update issued recently by the public body suggested that the number of applications received exceeds the level of lethal control allowed while still maintaining conservation of these species.
Applicants are likely to find out this month, but it does means that not everybody who has applied may get a licence.
Dave Slater, Natural England’s Director for Wildlife Licensing, said: “We continue to work hard on completing the technical assessments for these licence applications and have started issuing decisions to applicants.
“I recognise it will be challenging for those who want to carry out control measures that were previously covered by the general licence, but we must abide by the law that is in place to protect bird populations.
“I sincerely appreciate your patience as the issuing of decisions as this new licensing process gets under way.”