Natural England faces fresh legal challenge over new ‘shoddy’ bird kill licence

Legal outfit Wild Justice has launched a fresh challenge over one of Natural England’s new general bird control licences, describing it as “legally flawed” and “scientifically threadbare”.

The regulator issued three new licences last month after revoking its long-standing general licences in a bid to avoid a judicial review, also brought by Wild Justice, which said the licences were unlawful.

But Wild Justice is not satisfied by replacement general licence (GL26), which allows the discretionary killing of carrion crows to prevent serious damage to livestock.

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