Defra recently issued guidance to remind breeders and keepers of the marking requirements for Annex A birds. It has been bought to our attention that individuals may be unable to source uniquely marked leg rings or microchips due to Covid19 restrictions. If available, keepers should use spare rings available provided they have unique marks – such as last year’s rings. If no rings are available, keepers should endeavour to microchip birds as soon as possible once restrictions
I have taken legal advice on our scope to mount a challenge in law and I regret that it seems very limited.
We are told that the only way forward is to seek a Judicial Review. Unfortunately despite the DEFRA consultation being wholly unsatisfactory from our perspective, it was undertaken in accordance with their statutory requirements. Therefore the outcome of any Legal proceedings would likely go against us. DEFRA have not broken their own rules.
I have written to the de
Just to let everyone know that Natural England have a consultation on thier website at the moment concerning the full recovery of costs involved in processing and issuing licences, unfortunatly the current proposals include a £350 annual fee for a quarry licence and a charge of £101 per hour to process an application to recapture a lost hawk ... some of you may want to make your feelings know about these charges! #HawkBoard #WildlifeLicence #NaturalEngland #DEFRA