By Dave Slater, Director for Wildlife Licensing and Enforcement Cases at Natural England We are very pleased that 2021 has seen a further increase in the number of breeding Hen Harriers in England, with 31 breeding attempts, of which 24 …
As explained in my blog in January 2020, Natural England remains committed to making our wildlife licensing statistics publicly available. We published our 2018 and 2019 stats last year. We get a lot of correspondence and public reaction around our …
Natural England has licensed the re-introduction in Norfolk of white-tailed eagles – one of England’s lost native species. Dave Slater, Director for wildlife licensing cases, explains the decision and how it came to pass. White-tailed eagles were once widespread throughout …
Gulls have become a common sight in English towns and cities, their presence often generating strong feelings. The two large gull species frequently seen are the lesser black-backed gull and herring gull. While natural-nesting populations - predominantly in rural areas …
This week, Natural England launched a screening process for people planning to apply for an individual licence to control wild birds this year. This is specifically aimed at those practitioners who may have previously operated under the General Licence. We …
This month there have been some significant changes to licensing for the control of wild birds with the publication of Defra’s review of general licensing and three new general licences which permit activity for the purposes of conservation, preserving public …
Dave Slater, Natural England's Director for Wildlife Licensing & Enforcement Cases, clarifying Natural England’s position on raptor persecution and recent media coverage.
We have reached the end of the main season of demand for licences for control of bird species that would have been previously covered by the General Licence. Dave Slater, Natural England’s Director for wildlife licensing takes a stock check on where we are compared to last year.
Dave Slater, Natural England's Director for Wildlife Licensing & Enforcement Cases provides more detail on licensing for the control of birds in our countryside.
Dave Slater, Natural England’s Director for wildlife licensing provides an update on licences for control of lesser black-backed gulls and herring gulls and of birds on or close to protected sites.
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We’re the government’s adviser for the natural environment, helping to protect England’s nature and landscapes for people to enjoy.
This blog gives an insight into our work.
- The Environment Act 2021 – a turning point for Nature 23 November 2021
- Rewilding the Marches Mosses – Britain’s third largest raised bog 25 October 2021
- The Story of the Cotswold Water Park SSSI 30 September 2021
- Biodiversity Net Gain – more than just a number 21 September 2021
- Restoration Grants awarded to restore thousands of hectares of peatland 17 September 2021