No change to Scottish General Licences in 2023

NatureScot have announced that General Licences in 2023 will remain the same as those issued on 1st January 2022. It is important that everyone reads and understands the relevant licences for the control of pest bird species (GLs 01, 02 & 03/2023) and stoat control (GL 14/2023) before operating relevant traps.

GWCT Scotland Advisory Department

GWCT Scotland offers a range of services through our Advisory department. An Advisory visit is an excellent opportunity to help improve your estate, farm or shoot to benefit all biodiversity. With 30 years of advisory experience and over 80 years of conservation research, the GWCT is the UK’s leading body for pragmatic game and wildlife management. Visit types include:

  • Enhancing grouse stocks and moorland biodiversity through our Upland Advisory Services.
  • Lowland game management improvements for example woodland creation and game crop planning.
  • Predator control inspections with particular emphasis on WaNE (Wildlife & Natural Environment Act 2011) legislation.


If you would like to find out more about our advisory visits, please contact our Scottish Headquarters on 0131 202 7670 or

Muirburn Advisory Service

The GWCT’s new Muirburn Advisory Service has launched to support estates in developing and monitoring simple, user-friendly muirburn plans.