Please read the following carefully, compliance is imperative. As of Monday 7th November, the following applies:
Flying of birds of prey can continue for bird abatement, pest control, display, and falconry providing the restrictions detailed below are adhered to.
Field meetings under licence can proceed guidance is posted separately.
No bird of prey can be weathered outside – all are subject to the Housing Order and must be kept in roofed and secure accommodation
From 8 November 2022 no gatherings of poultry, galliforme birds or anseriforme birds are permitted. Galliforme birds include pheasants, partridge, quail, chickens, turkeys and guinea fowl. Anseriforme birds include ducks, geese and swans. The bird gatherings general licence for these types of bird was revoked on 8 November 2022. Gatherings of all other types of birds except poultry, galliforme and anseriforme birds are permitted (including in the Avian Influenz
The Hawk Board supports the continuation of the licensing system for falconers and aviculturists to apply for a licenced wild take. We believe that in the context of buoyant UK populations of birds of prey, that there are no conservation reasons to remove this opportunity. That said, assessment of population health of native British raptors needs to be undertaken regularly by an authorative independent ornithological body such as the BTO to ensure sustainability of any harves