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Farmers demand urgent government action to end ‘confusion’ over bird shooting licences

Eastern Daily Press

Farming leaders have demanded urgent action from environment secretary Michael Gove to resolve the “significant confusion and legal uncertainty” caused by changes to licences for shooting pest birds.

The call forms part of the National Farmers’ Union’s evidence to Defra about the impact of Natural England’s decision last month to revoke general licences allowing farmers to control birds including woodpigeons and crows, following a legal challenge from environmental group Wild Justice. The …

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