General Licences in the UK have been renewed, with a number of significant changes in Wales. Canada geese and ruddy duck have now been added to some Welsh licences, while herring gulls, lesser and great black-backed gulls and house sparrows have been removed from most.

A National Gamekeepers? Organisation (NGO) spokesman told Shooting Times: ?We welcome the addition of Canada geese to the licences for crop protection and wild bird conservation, though it seems odd that they cannot be culled for public health reasons.

?However, the removal of herring gulls and great black-backed gulls is absurd and follows similar muddled thinking in England last year. We had urged the Welsh Assembly to have more sense, as these gulls were in no way threatened by existing levels of culling, but it seems they chose to ignore us.

The rest of this article appears in 19th January issue of Shooting Times.

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