Natural England has issued a licence to allow the trial of a brood management scheme for hen harriers in the northern English uplands. This licence should support the long-term aim of increasing their numbers across England.
The licence is for a 2-year period and places stringent conditions on the trial. Brood management will only take place with the permission of the land owner.
The documents we’ve published include:
- the response to the licence applicant on 16 January 2018 (first 4 attachments)
- Natural England’s assessment of the licence application (next 3 attachments)
- the application and material submitted in support of the application (final 5 attachments)
Hen harriers are listed as protected birds in Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended), so disturbing or taking them is an activity which would otherwise not be allowed.
We publish individual licences in cases such as this where there may be a strong public interest. The need to redact certain elements of these documents means that they do not meet our normal standards for accessibility.