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Jason Endfield
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Natural England, the government's 'conservation' agency, is issuing licences to control 65+ species of birds, many red and amber listed and endangered.

Thousands of birds, eggs and nests of more than 65 species are being licensed for destruction, often for spurious or contentious reasons. 

We want:-

  • to thoroughly overhaul Natural England and its licensing process, making it fully transparent and accountable as a public agency, if necessary replacing it entirely with a totally independent body.
  • to arrange a meeting with the environment secretary to discuss the concerns of the British public over Natural England's officially sanctioned killing of wild birds.
  • to revoke licences currently issued until each has been independently reviewed.
  • to examine future licences and ensure that they are not issued for spurious and/or vague reasons.
  • to instigate a rigorous process to follow up on licences issued, to verify that the licensees are complying with strict criteria.

***10th April 2019***
In a landmark for our petition, I am pleased to say that I have had a useful discussion with the Director of Operations at Natural England regarding our concerns over their licencing system.
Although we did not reach agreement over several matters, one very positive development has resulted from our conversation.
Starting this year, Natural England have promised to publish an annual list of all licences issued, including species, figures and reasons given for granting each licence.
This is a major breakthrough as it will allow public scrutiny of some of the agency's activities.
But many issues are unresolved, particularly with regard to transparency over licence applications and monitoring of licences granted.

I am having ongoing discussions with Natural England over the issues raised by our petition and I am continuing to press for more detailed information.
Further updates in due course.

Thank you all for your continued support - it is so important to keep sharing the petition - the more signatures we get, the more chance of bringing about change.

*since starting this petition, I discovered through Freedom of Information requests that Natural England are issuing licences to kill 65+ species of native birds, or to destroy their eggs and nests.

Many of the birds are red and amber listed species of conservation concern.
So, I decided to extend this petition to include these other birds.
What began as a campaign to save Ravens is now a battle to protect all British birds from the dubious licencing activities of Natural England.

The original petition is below, it has since been amended to include all the British birds that are being killed through Natural England's licences.

The Government sponsored agency Natural England, under direction from environment secretary Michael Gove, has issued licences allowing farmers in England to shoot ravens.
The farmers say that the rare birds are a threat to lambs and piglets.

Ravens are a protected species.
They are only just beginning to recover from long term decline and still number less than 8,000 pairs in the whole of the United Kingdom.
They should not be killed.

Allowing Ravens to be legally killed under licence may severely impact on the future survival of the species.
The move will do nothing to improve the Government's already tarnished reputation on environmental matters.

The licences have been issued to farmers in five counties, but as we have seen from the badger cull, our fear is that this appalling plan could be rolled out nationwide unless it can be stopped.

We ask the Government to reconsider this ill-conceived slaughter of yet another protected species and demand that they revoke the licences.
There are better ways to protect farm livestock than to embark on the destruction of an endangered and much loved bird.