Forestry England don’t kill Jays themselves on their 250,000 ha and it’s clear they don’t let many others do it either.
When I asked Forestry and Land Scotland about their policy they replied very quickly with;
FLS does not cull jays on Scotland’s national forests and land – and our records indicate that neither do any of those persons holding game shooting leases.
Forestry and Land Scotland manage 640,000ha.
And yet SNH/NatureScotland issue general licences for conservation purposes which include authorisation of Jay killing. Odd, isn’t it? It’s almost as though one arm of government doesn’t talk to another.
But then, DEFRA has just issued its general licences for casual killing of birds and has retained Jay on the conservation licence despite Forestry England not killing Jays on its (our) land.
I am waiting to complete the British set as I have asked NRW the same question. NRW, let me remind you, is essentially the equivalent of Forestry England, Natural England and the Environment Agency rolled into one body – it is both a land owner and manager of forests and other land and the licensing authority. I’ll let you know what they say.[registration_form]