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    Avian Illumination at Night

    As we know, it is not legal to illuminate avians at night with devices such as lamps or IR illuminators.

    However, an NV unit or indeed Thermal are quite capable of seeing roosting birds in these conditions.

    In the context of the law, I assume that an NV unit using ambient light only (such as moonlight or light form nearby farm buildings) is not classed as illumination. Ditto Thermal as neither project any illumination onto the quarry.

    Does this situation change if you use a lamp to positively ID quarry species such as woodies or Collard doves v's Rock doves so long as the shot is not taken with the lamp when they have been identified as a General Licence quarry and the reason for despatch falls within the terms of the licence.

    Thanks

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    However, an NV unit or indeed Thermal are quite capable of seeing roosting birds in these conditions.

    In the context of the law, I assume that an NV unit using ambient light only (such as moonlight or light form nearby farm buildings) is not classed as illumination. Ditto Thermal as neither project any illumination onto the quarry.
    Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

    5 Prohibition of certain methods of killing or taking wild birds. E+W

    (1)Subject to the provisions of this Part, if any person—
    (a)sets in position any of the following articles, being an article which is of such a nature and is so placed as to be calculated to cause bodily injury to any wild bird coming into contact therewith, that is to say, any springe, trap, gin, snare, hook and line, any electrical device for killing, stunning or frightening or any poisonous, poisoned or stupefying substance;
    (b)uses for the purpose of killing or taking any wild bird any such article as aforesaid, whether or not of such a nature and so placed as aforesaid, or any net, baited board, bird-lime or substance of a like nature to bird-lime;
    (c)uses for the purpose of killing or taking any wild bird—
    (i)any bow or crossbow;
    (ii)any explosive other than ammunition for a firearm;
    (iii)any automatic or semi-automatic weapon;
    (iv)any shot-gun of which the barrel has an internal diameter at the mule of more than one and three-quarter inches;
    (v)any device for illuminating a target or any sighting device for night shooting
    I would suggest that a thermal imager or ambient light intensifier would fall foul of this.

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    For Feral Pigeons only....


    General licence...

    (d) in relation to the killing or taking of Feral Pigeon (Columba livia) only:
    i. to use any device for illuminating a target or any sighting device for night shooting;
    ii. to use any form of artificial lighting or any mirror or other dazzling device;

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    Quote Originally Posted by csl View Post
    Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981



    I would suggest that a thermal imager or ambient light intensifier would fall foul of this.
    Ah - I would concur with that.

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