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Volume 78: debated on Tuesday 30 April 1985

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many applications to kill herons were made in each year since 1983 and to date n 1985; how many were issued; how many herons were permitted to be killed; how many were actually killed; from whom the licences were received; for what reasons they were applied for and granted; what was the location of each killing ground; what deterrent measures had first been tried; and whether the advice of the Nature Conservancy Council was obtained.

Details of applications for and licences issued by my Department in 1983, 1984 and 1985 to kill or take herons are set out in the table.

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 Licences issued by MAFF in England to kill or take herons




Number of applications642
Number of licences issued21
Number of herons permitted to be killed106
Number of herons actually killed24

(a) Applications were received from fish farms, put-and-take fisheries, and an aquatic nurseryman.

(b) The reasons for applications and licences were to prevent serious damage to fisheries.

(c) The locations of licences were

1983: (i) Padworth, Berkshire

(ii) Littleton, Somerton, Somerset

1984: Padworth, Berkshire

(d) (Deterrent measures included shooting to scare, erection of barriers, screens, cages and nets.

(e) NCC was consulted in all cases where licences were issued.