Wild justice, the not for profit company established by myself, Chris Packham CBE and Dr Ruth Tingay, has launched a new legal challenge to Natural England.
Wild Justice, took a successful legal challenge against the general licences GL04, GL05 and GL06 which resulted in Natural England revoking those licences at very short notice, which caused a furore in parts of the media. Natural England then published a plan for issuing replacement licences but didn’t get very far with that plan before Michael Gove stepped in and ‘took charge’ of licensing matters. Defra then issued a consultation on the matter of licences and said that the Secretary of State would issue guidance within another week – that guidance is now three weeks overdue.
But before having the ball taken away from it, Natural England issued three replacement licences for lethal control of Canada Geese (for the purposes of preserving public health and safety, GL28), Woodpigeons (to prevent serious damage to crops, GL31) and Carrion Crows (to prevent serious damage to livestock, where livestock, under some circumstances, includes gamebirds, GL26). Wild Justice is challenging GL26 and in particular those parts of it relating to gamebirds.