To control the lesser black-backed gull or herring gull to prevent disease, damage or risk to public health and safety, you should apply for licence A08. You should apply before 15 March 2020, if possible. Natural England will respond to your application as soon as possible after this date.
Defras general licences for birds do not cover these species, because of their poor conservation status.
If you intend to cull gulls at an airfield, you should check if the air safety class licence CL12 covers your circumstances.
You can apply for licence A08 if you need to control wild birds because you have concerns about:
First check your circumstances are not covered by a general licence for birds.
Using this licence you can control wild birds, their nests and eggs by:
This licence is free.Natural England will decide whether to issue a licence within 30 working days of receiving your application.
Fill in form A08 to apply for this licence.
Read the guidance attached to this page that tells you what to include in your application. To apply, you must fill in the: