The Wild Justice blog has published the Licence Determination document which was obtained through an information request and which forms part of the decision-making for General Licence GL26.
It makes interesting reading only in the sense that it is quite fun to try to find the evidence on which the licence is based. It’s like a puzzle – where’s the evidence? Where’s the evidence? One could easily get the impressuion that there is no evidence to justify killing Carrion Crows to protect captive Pheasants or Red-legged Partridges under a general licence. Maybe licensing lethal control only where NE staff can quiz the applicant on what’s happening would be a better system?
Although this guy on Twitter, who self-identifies as a gamekeeper, thinks there is no need for it at all.
Indeed! We haven’t seen a licence which authorises the lethal killing of Carrion Crows to protect fauna and flora yet – but you’ll note that Wild Justice hasn’t called for Defra not to issue one, whereas they have asked for Defra not to issue general licences for Jackdaw, Jay, Magpie and Rook for the purpose of protecting wil birds (see here).
And note, that this document is dated February – and yet NE sprung their revocation of the existing licences on the world in April (yet they were working on drafting new licenses for over seven weeks before that?).