Wild Justice challenged general licences in England in winter 2019
Natural England withdrew those licences in spring 2019.
DEFRA reintroduced very similar licences in summer 2019.
DEFRA held a consultation on general licences in autumn 2019.
DEFRA published the consultation responses and its views on them in spring 2021. And they represent pretty poor analysis – click here.
It may well be time simply to get rid of general licences altogether. Or DEFRA. Or both.