The NGO has submitted its response to Defra’s consultation on the Interim Licensing Scheme.
Defra’s three-week consultation, launched on 23 February 2021, proposes restrictions on the release of pheasants and red-legged partridges in England’s Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Special Areas of Conservation (SACs).
Read the NGO Response to Defra Gamebird Releasing Consultation
The NGO is urging all gamekeepers and others involved with shoots that might be affected to read the consultation and respond via the questionnaire it contains. Section C is particularly important as that enables individual shoots to outline the potential economic impact of the proposals. You have until the 15 March to submit your response.
Defra is proposing an ‘interim licensing scheme’ whereby the release of these gamebirds will be banned on such sites unless it is carried out under the terms of a new licence. This will limit release densities and impose other conditions for perhaps three years.
To submit your response to the consultation, click here.