Update from Natural England: Buzzard licensing applications

Natural England recently issued a licence permitting the control of up to 10 buzzards to prevent serious damage to young pheasants.

Natural England is committed to being as open and transparent about its licensing decisions as it can be and the documents relating to that decision are published below. Certain information has to be withheld in accordance with our legal obligations under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

2 comments to Update from Natural England: Buzzard licensing applications

  • Circus maxima

    “We would not consider licensing any activity which would adversely affect the conservation status of a species.” If this is true, why do they support the DEFRA HH plan?

    Do they define the conservation status of the species… in the 10k square, county level, regional level or national level?

  • Alastair Henderson

    I note that the licence includes an additional authorised individual who may also shoot buzzards – NE have not mentioned the additional individual in their covering letter to the licensee [having included other important conditions therein].

    I have sent an Email to NE pointing this out and asking for clarification.

    I am not satisfied that non lethal measures such as trapping for re-location were sufficiently considered given that they hadn’t ever been attempted in such circumstances involving a commercial shoot. To have gone from repeated refusal to grant a licence – to granting a licence to kill 10 buzzards is hardly proportionate.

    I did write to my MP outlining my concerns and received what I assume was a standard reply upholding the decision to grant the licence.

    I also note that there are now four more applications being considered!