7 things you need to know about Natural England’s bird kill controversy

A successful legal challenge by naturalist Chris Packham’s new outfit has compelled Natural England to revoke its discretionary bird kill licences, leaving many landowners spitting feathers.

1 Natural England has revoked three general bird kill licences

Natural England announced on Tuesday 23 April that it would revoke three general bird kill licences (GL 04/05/06) on Thursday 25 April. The licences permit the killing of 16 species of birds, including crows, jays, magpies, jackdaws, rooks, parakeets, Canada geese, some gulls, feral pigeons and wood pigeons. In the UK, wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and cannot be killed without a licence.

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