We have had a growing number of emails by concerned residents about
Larsen Traps in private gardens. Natural England has a “General Licence”
that you do not need to apply for but must comply with their conditions
relating to conserving flora and fauna G106. But some gardeners have
claimed to have chickens and are trying to justify their use by the Licence to
kill or take certain wild birds to prevent serious damage or disease
With GL04 the claim is usually crows are taking the chickens’ grain, so police are simply telling
people to cover up the grain and the Larsen gets removed. With G106 police generally accept:
1) This is not a nature reserve, but a small garden, and so this type of
trap will actually prevent nesting birds in this garden and those
immediately surrounding it and so cannot be set for the purpose of
conserving fauna at this location.
2) Because the owner does not own the surrounding land, he cannot show
proofing and scaring has been tried and failed as required by the licence.
3) This trap is causing much distress to immediate neighbours as it is
attracting corvids to the neighbour
ing gardens when they never saw them
before and they are having to frighten them away.
However, in May 2018 we had a Larsen trap in a small garden in East Sheen London, and Sgt Dorman
would not accept the trap was set contrary to the General Licence.
We ask Natural England for Clarity on General licence and gardens
On 27 th May 2018 we contacted Natural England with a representation that the General
Licence specifically prohibits Larsen traps from gardens under G106. After over a month
and several follow up emails we were told it would be passed to DEFRA to reply as it related
to policy. As we did not get a reply for over a month we have contacted our MP at the end
of July to get a response from the Environment Minister.
Please send Letters to the Environment Minister if you have any experience of Larsen Traps in gardens and ask for the General Licence
to specifically outlaw their use in gardens : Secretary of State for the
Environment Food and Rural Affairs Rt Hon Michael Gove
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA