Why Natural England’s bird kill fiasco is far from over

Speaking on Farming Today last Friday, Natural England interim chief executive Marian Spain was adamant that – in the long run – the way in which farmers and other landowners are able to control birds regarded as pests will not change, despite the shock withdrawal of the so-called general licences the night before.

by James Fair
From now on it will only be legal to control jays under the general licence in order to protect other wild birds. Photograph: Luc Viatour/Wikimedia Commons
From now on it will only be legal to control jays under the general licence in order to protect other wild birds. Photograph: Luc Viatour/Wikimedia Commons

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