Scottish General Licences for 2020

Curlew on Dinnet MoorGLs changing from 1 April 2020 says SNH.

Following a substantial consultation in 2019, and into 2020, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) confirms that there will be changes to the Scottish General Licences from 1 April 2020. On 2 March 2020, SNH released details of the new General Licences, which will cover the period from 1 April to 31 December. The main changes relate to which species are included on certain licences for certain purposes, including the removal of rooks from GL01 - for the conservation of wild birds.

The new licences also require individual trap operators to register in advance with SNH, and all traps must display this registration number. As of 1 April, a number of additional specific conditions will apply to the use of General Licences over certain designated sites in Scotland. The new licences, maps and conditions for use over designated sites can be found here.

You can follow this link to register as a trap operator with SNH.

GWCT Scotland was one of the bodies involved in bilateral discussions with SNH over the General Licences and we look forward to engaging with them as the licences evolve in the future.


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