Natural England renews licences for airports to kill birds up…

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Natural England renews licences for airports to kill birds up…

Natural England renews licences for airports to kill birds up to 13km away
2022-01-09 11:24:00
Natural England has renewed its guidance allowing airports/aerodromes to kill a range of birds, up to 13km (called the safeguarding zone) from the airport, if they are deemed a “danger” to aircraft safety. The licences permit, in relation to the species listed below, “killing or taking birds, taking or destroying their eggs, and taking, damaging or destroying their nests while that nest is in use or being built.”  Anyone wishing to use this licence must first apply to Natural England to be registered. Natural England are meant to keep records of all the killing and measures taken against birds. The species included in the licences are varieties of geese, crows, gulls and ducks. Also pigeons, woodpigeons, starlings, parakeets, magpies, jackdaws, rooks and lapwings (a Red list endangered bird).  Means of killing allowed include shooting with a firearm/ ammunition combination (including a semiautomatic weapon*) appropriate for the species concerned; pricking of eggs;  oiling of eggs using paraffin oil; d. destruction of eggs and nests; cage trap; a pen or corral used as a trap; falconry.  Airports and their surroundings are NOT safe places for birds. .Tweet   Natural England Statutory guidance Birds: licence to kill or take them for air safety purposes (CL12) Updated 1 January 2022 To kill or take certain species of wild birds to preserve air safety. Overview This licence permits a range of otherwise prohibited activities against the species of wild birds listed in the terms and conditions below. This licence may only be relied upon: For the purposes of preserving air safety. Where it is strictly necessary to take action to preserve air safety, and Where reasonable steps to prevent problems by lawful methods have been and continue to be taken. All species listed in this licence may be taken on the aerodrome itself. In addition, some may be taken in the immediate vicinity (up to 250m), others may be taken up to 13km from the aerodrome (the ‘safeguarding’ zone). The terms and conditions set out what species can be controlled where. Where control is undertaken off-aerodrome the user must ensure they have the permission of the landowner. Users of this licence must comply with all licence terms and conditions including thos

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