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In a shock move on Tuesday 23 April, Natural England announced that it was revoking general licences from midnight on the 25th of April.


Shooting UK will keep you updated with the latest developments with articles, which are all listed below. All include links to forms and information.

Dr Mark Avery of Wild Justice

Sporting Gun talks to Dr Mark Avery of Wild Justice about general licences

Sporting Gun: What provoked you to initiate your legal challenge to Natural England (NE) about the general licences when you did? Wild Justice: NE issued the licences on 1 January each year and to seek a judicial review one has to go through various steps inside three months – so…

Michael Gove

This photograph of Michael Gove with Chris Packham surprised us

< My meeting with @michaelgove this morning started well – two Red Kites soaring from his office window , as did our cordial discussions about @ExtinctionR @WildJustice_org , the Peoples Manifesto for Wildlife and the need for more regulation in environmental care . — Chris Packham (@ChrisGPackham) May 1,…


General licences latest update – what happens now?

The revocation of the general licences from midnight on the 25th of April means that in most situations it will be a criminal offence to kill any wild bird in England unless you hold a personal licence issued by Natural England. This includes crows, magpies, jays, gulls, parakeets, Canada geese…

General Licence Natural England

The latest reactions to withdrawal of the general licences

Farmers, gamekeepers and recreational shooters have reacted with a mixture of anger and confusion to the decision by Natural England to withdraw the general licences for England with just two days notice at the height of the lambing and nesting seasons. The decision follows a legal challenge by the campaign…

Do I need a general licence or a game licence?

Game licences and game dealers licences were abolished in Scotland with effect from 7 April 2011 when the new Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill was passed

General Licences

Who write General Licences? Those with a fondness for bureaucratic language says Mike Swan

Do I have to apply for my general licence?

At the risk of sounding totally stupid could you please explain to this newbie to shooting exactly what a general licence is? Is it something you have to apply for?