Update on General Licences in England

Feral pigeon in a building

Defra requested information on the impact of revoking the General Licences from interested parties giving us just over a week to provide details. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) have written to Defra on behalf of it’s members highlighting the importance of the General Licences and also the impact that their revocation is having on Public Health and Safety. Our industry awaits the outcome of this consultation.

Note: This only applies to our customers in England, the General Licences for other countries in the UK are still active. In Wales the licences can be found here but two of the most common General Licences used by our customers in Wales can be found at the bottom of this page. These are General Licences and as such, no application is required but clearly the criteria within the individual General Licence must be met.

Interim Measures

Whilst the General Licences have been revoked, it is possible to apply for individual licences to remove birds which are causing issues with public health and safety. The procedure for our customers is as follows:

  1. Contact Check Services Ltd to let us know you have a bird / birds in your building.
  2. Download the Licence application form (see bottom of page). Note that the .pdf can only be opened with the most up to date versions of Adobe Reader and a number of customers are having problems with this – in this situation download the Word version.
  3. The form must then be completed, confirming location, bird species and what non lethal methods of control have taken place or need to take place prior to any lethal control methods.
  4. The completed application must then be emailed to birds2019@naturalengland.org.uk copying in lewis@checkservices.co.uk
  5. You will receive an auto receipt confirming that Natural England have received your application.
  6. Attempts to remove the bird(s) using non lethal methods must be carried out by our customers prior to the application being submitted. Note that there is a significant backlog with Natural England so it is unlikely that you will get a quick response. Due to this backlog it may be necessary to carry out lethal control prior to the licence being granted by NE. However, this can only be done if all other non lethal methods to remove the bird have been carried out and all the criteria laid out in the application form has been met.
  7. On completion of the work, Natural England must be notified via birds2019@naturalengland.org.uk copying in lewis@checkservices.co.uk confirming the outcome.

We are doing all that we can to minimise the impact of these changes and will keep you up to date as soon as we get further information. If you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact us via telephone 01189323755 or email admin@checkservices.co.uk

Natural England – Interim Licence applications

Natural Resources Wales – General Licences 2019 Birds