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Licence to shoot cormorants - information

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    If anybody would like information on obtaining a licence to shoot cormorants -

    In England and Wales, where fish-eating birds such as cormorants are
    causing serious damage to a fishery, and where scaring methods have proved ineffective or impractical, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
    (Defra) or National Assembly for Wales Agriculture Department (NAWAD)
    may grant a licence to allow the shooting of a limited number of birds. It
    has to be emphasised that these licences are not to permit culling of the
    population; licences are only issued to reinforce the effects of scaring
    measures being carried out at the site. Applying for a licence is not as
    difficult as many people seem to think. Application forms are available

    ¨ Defra, Wildlife Management Team, Admin Unit, Burghill Road,
    Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS10 6NJ

    Tel: 0845 601 4523 (local rate)

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    ¨ NAWAD, Food Farming Development Division, Yr Hen Ysgol Gymraeg,
    Ffordd Alexandra, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 1LD

    Tel: 01970 627762

    (Scotland and Northern Ireland contacts are listed on page 22.)

    Each application is considered on its own merits. On receipt of the
    application form, the applicant will be visited by a member of the Wildlife
    Management Team. These staff are professional wildlife biologists trained in
    wildlife management. A decision on whether to issue a licence will be taken
    by the Wildlife Management Team within 30 days of the application.

    Defra/NAWAD also monitors all the licences issued in England and Wales to
    gather information on the effects of licensed shooting and other fishery
    protection methods. For England, a summary of this information is available
    from: Defra, UK - Error page
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