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tomh
15-10-2008, 04:31 PM
I just thought i would check where i stand with pest control on the small holding my family has.
We have got a problem with crows & pigeons as they eat alot of vegetables we plant.
What can i legally shoot and do i need any form of license to control them?

Pete
15-10-2008, 04:49 PM
Crows, rooks, jays, jackdawes, collared doves, magpies, feral and woodpigeon, grey squirrels, rabbits, rats, stoat, weasel and mink may all be taken with an airgun. This list was ratified by BASC.

Non-lethal measures of control must have been tried and failed, or to have been found impractical so that the shooter is within the constraints of DEFRA's General Licence.

Thread moved.:)

TERRYT
15-10-2008, 05:16 PM
I just thought i would check where i stand with pest control on the small holding my family has.
We have got a problem with crows & pigeons as they eat alot of vegetables we plant.
What can i legally shoot and do i need any form of license to control them?

You can print off the defra licence, courtesey of this BBS, its under
useful airgun shooting tips, just scrole down the page.
ATVB TERRY;)

danco1987
15-10-2008, 06:20 PM
Crows, rooks, jays, magpies, feral and woodpigeon, grey squirrels, rabbits, rats, stoat, weasel and mink may all be taken with an airgun. This list was ratified by BASC.

Non-lethal measures of control must have been tried and failed, or to have been found impractical so that the shooter is within the constraints of DEFRA's General Licence.

Thread moved.:)

Don't the non lethal methods only have to be tried in the case of birds?

tomh
15-10-2008, 06:25 PM
i hung old cds up as the light being reflected sometimes scares them off, even tried a scarecrow but had no joy, reckon that would be seen as satisfactory?

Thanks for the info, ill pront it off

Luke Skywalker
15-10-2008, 06:28 PM
I have found that deterents such as hanging up CDs are not very effective, because the birds seem to wise up after a while and ignore them. :(

tomh
15-10-2008, 06:33 PM
i knew it probably wouldnt work but atleast it shows i attempted other methods first :)

Pete
15-10-2008, 07:00 PM
Don't the non lethal methods only have to be tried in the case of birds?

Yes.
I didn't make that quite clear. I also forgot to include the jackdaw.

That's what happens when you're in a rush to pick the missus up.:D

rapid12
15-10-2008, 07:06 PM
Yes.
I didn't make that quite clear. I also forgot to include the jackdaw.

That's what happens when you're in a rush to pick the missus up.:D
didnt you forget collard doves,starlings and sparrows mate.:eek:

jagxkrs
15-10-2008, 07:08 PM
didnt you forget collard doves,starlings and sparrows mate.:eek:

Starling & Sparrows not legal in England, I think the sheep worriers can still shoot Starlings?:confused::confused::confused:

Pete
15-10-2008, 07:12 PM
didnt you forget collard doves,starlings and sparrows mate.:eek:

Collared doves, yes.
The others aren't legal in England.

lykoris
15-10-2008, 07:16 PM
overweight ones in tight mini skirts....it's more of a public service than pest control though

LESS THAN FORTUITOUS KENNETH
15-10-2008, 07:23 PM
overweight ones in tight mini skirts....it's more of a public service than pest control though

The problem over here is ski pants attempting to cover up arses a yard across.

C3PO_1
15-10-2008, 07:36 PM
Just to add to the excellent advice so far: make sure no fired pellet leaves your boundary, or the boundary of any land you have permission to shoot on. Sometimes pellets go through quarry too!

TonyB
15-10-2008, 09:11 PM
The problem over here is ski pants attempting to cover up arses a yard across.

But make sure you have a good grip on your prey :D

Tony (happy Tony)

Shedder
15-10-2008, 09:48 PM
"I have found that deterents such as hanging up CDs are not very effective"
Try the Spice Girls CDs - that should deter most things

Microtia
15-10-2008, 10:29 PM
I just thought i would check where i stand with pest control on the small holding my family has.
We have got a problem with crows & pigeons as they eat alot of vegetables we plant.
What can i legally shoot and do i need any form of license to control them?


Crop protection is a good enough reason to shoot the two species you mention

desperate
15-10-2008, 10:39 PM
hay guys, who still kills jays?are they still a problem?,,im not sure ,thats the one bird i dont take out:confused:

robinghewitt
15-10-2008, 10:40 PM
The problem over here is ski pants attempting to cover up arses a yard across.

Be sure to take precautions, tie your boots to the bed.

1950's schoolboy humour :rolleyes: