General licences

General licences are issued by government agencies to provide a legal basis for people to carry out a range of activities relating to wildlife. By definition you do not need to apply for general licences but you are required by law to abide by their terms and conditions.

General Licences authorise the control of certain bird pest species including crows, gulls and pigeons. Reasons specified in a number of different licences include the conservation of wild birds, the protection of livestock and crops, and preventing the spread of disease.

The links below detail the licensing process throughout the devolved administrations of the UK: