Natural England stands firm over protected bird killings

The wildlife regulator has continued to defend its approach of issuing licences permitting the killing of protected birds.

Natural England issues individual licences to kill wild birds under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 – the same piece of legislation that gives protection to wild birds in England.

James Diamond, Natural England’s director of operations, set out his reasons for issuing the licences in a blog, published yesterday.

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