P-05-852 Introduce a Licence to manage land for game bird shooting in an attempt to end raptor persecution


P-05-852 Introduce a Licence to manage land for game bird shooting in an attempt to end raptor persecution.

This petition was submitted by Anthony Britner, having collected 119 signatures.

Text of Petition

We call upon the Welsh Government to introduce a licensing scheme for game bird shooting. In order to prevent the persecution of raptors which is commonly associated with this activity.


The RSPB Birdcrime reports show an exceptionally high number of raptor persecution events are by gamekeepers, however despite this knowledge, very few persecution events are successfully prosecuted due to difficulties in gaining sufficient evidence to charge any specific individual.


Even in Scotland, where vicarious liability exists, prosecutions are rare. Because of this, we believe the next most appropriate course of action is to introduce a licensing scheme.


This licence should be a “Licence to operate a game bird shoot” The licence should as a minimum:


1. Apply to a geographic area defined in the application licence.


2. Be required for an estate to carry out any activity related to game bird shooting including, but not necessary be limited to:


2.a. Activities related to the rearing of gamebirds.


2.b. Activities related to the legal control of predators (estates must hold an operators licence before they can be permitted to apply for general or specific licences associated with “pest control activities”).


2.c. To allow members of the shoot to partake in gamebird shooting outside of the closed season.


2.d. To allow the shoot to sell shoot days to the public.


In the event of a persecution event, occurring on or near to an estates land the appropriate authority will be able to suspend the estates ability to carry out any or all of the activities listed under point 2. for a period of time Serious or, repeat persecution events should result in the estates operating licence being revoked.


Assembly Constituency and Region

  • Wrexham
  • North Wales



This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 11/06/2019.

In light of the information received by the Committee, including the recent review into the prevention and investigation of wildlife crime and the Minister’s rejection of the proposal made in the petition, the Committee concluded that there appears to be little further that it could achieve at this time. The Committee therefore agreed to close the petition.

Full details of the consideration of this petitions by the committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.

It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 11/12/2018.


Further information


Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 06/12/2018