Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has announced a 12-week consultation about General Licences, for the control of certain bird species, will take place later this year.
Robbie Kernahan, SNH’s Head of National Operations, said:
“We want to ensure that General Licences in Scotland are clear, proportionate and fit-for-purpose. In light of the complicated situation in England with General Licences right now, we have decided to bring forward our consultation which had been scheduled for 2020."
“Our General Licences cover relatively common situations – such as preventing agricultural damage and protecting public health and safety – when there’s unlikely to be any conservation impact on a species. They avoid the need for people to apply for individual licences for these specific situations. As with any licence, we need to ensure that General Licences strike the appropriate balance between species conservation and a range of other legitimate interests.”
“We would like to reassure those who are currently operating under General Licences in Scotland that these remain in place, allowing those who comply with the conditions to continue to use them.”
The consultation will ask stakeholders for their views about how General Licences work in practice, what they should cover, and how they are worded.
The Scottish General Authorisations available for deer control are not under review currently, John Bruce adds:
"General Licences and General Authorisations are reviewed periodically, after consultation, in Scotland and this process is ongoing, the Society represents your interests in these consultations."
"The Society has a good working relationship with the Wildlife Operations Team and continues to work closely with Scottish Natural Heritage at all levels."
General Authorisations for the control of deer in certain circumstances can be seen here