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Licences to shoot protected birds can be issued under the Conservation of Wildlife and Nature Ordinance 1999 for preventing serious damage to livestock, foodstuffs for livestock, crops, vegetables, fruit, growing timber or any other form of property or to fisheries.

In July 2008, the Environmental Committee agreed to a policy for issuing licences to shoot turkey vultures and southern caracaras. The Head of Environmental Planning (and in his/her absence, the Senior Agriculture Advisor) should:

• Seek advice in respect of each licence application from representatives of the Tourist Board, Falklands Conservation, the Rural Business Association and the Department of Agriculture;
• Limit any licence to be no more than 10% of the population estimated to be present on the farm, based on surveys by Falklands Conservation, and capped at a maximum of twenty birds over a three month period;
• Require every licensee to provide a full report detailing when, where and how many birds were shot;
• Ensure that the information submitted under the latter point is passed to the Environmental Committee and Falklands Conservation.

All applications to shoot other protected bird species must be referred to Executive Council.

The application form can be found on the application form page.