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Birds: Pest Control

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th July 2019.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many licences his Department has issued to kill (a) cormorants and (b) goosanders in each of the last five years.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The numbers of cormorant and goosander licences issued between 2014 and 2019 (to date) by Natural England on behalf of the Secretary of State are given in the table below. Individual licences are licences issued to an individual or angling club/fishery. An area based licence is one licence issued to a primary contact which covers multiple individuals amongst a group of fisheries within a defined catchment or area.

Species

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019 (to date)

Cormorant (Individual)

409

456

450

435

429

106

Goosander (Individual)

31

35

29

29

29

9

Cormorant only (Area Based Licence)

6

13

12

13

15

1

Goosander only (Area Based Licence)

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cormorant / Goosander (Area Based Licence)

1

4

4

4

4

0

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