Gove ‘considers reclassifying birds as quarry’ as bird kill licence saga continues

Environment secretary Michael Gove is considering reclassifying wood pigeons as quarry, in a move which could circumvent current bird kill licence restrictions, according to media reports.

DEFRA officials have been “urgently investigating” options for controlling wild birds under the now defunct general licences scheme after wildlife regulator Natural England was forced to revoke three licences in a bid to avoid legal action from naturalist Chris Packham’s new outfit, Wild Justice, which claimed the licences were unlawful.

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