GWCT research in the uplands and lowlands shows that the control of predatory species such as crows is important for the conservation of gamebirds, increasingly rare wading birds and songbirds. The Open General Licences for Scotland authorise the control of certain bird pest species including crows, gulls and pigeons. Reasons specified in a number of different licences include the conservation of wild birds and the prevention of serious damage to livestock and crops.
We have been actively engaged with SNH discussing the revised 2013 licences which will be available at:
There are some very important changes for 2013. We particularly draw users' attention to the improved regulation of use of crow cage-traps, including Clam-type traps, Larsen traps and Multi-catch crow cage traps. Please be aware that it is a legal requirement that people who act under these licences, be it to control any of the crow species, pigeons or gulls, understand the terms of the new licence.
In the New Year more information will be available from the GWCT Scotland Advisory Service on the practical implications of these changes. Please call GWCT Scottish HQ (01738 551511) to arrange contact with an Advisor.