In a public consultation on existing General Licences, launched on 1 September, the Welsh Assembly Government has proposed adding Canada geese, removing certain gull species, and changing the law on Larsen trapping.

BASC’s Conor O’Gorman explained: “The consultation proposes wide-ranging changes to the General Licences that allow the control of many species of pest birds. If General Licences did not exist there would be no woodpigeon shooting and you would not be able to use Larsen traps, so proposals to change any aspect of their wording need close scrutiny.”

The proposals also include allowing for the control of the non-native ruddy duck, as well as removing from the General Licences house sparrows, starlings, herring gulls, lesser black-backed gulls and great black-backed gulls. There would also be a new requirement to inspect Larsen traps at least once in every 24-hour period unless severe weather conditions prevent it.

The rest of this article appears in 16 September issue of Shooting Times.

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