The GWCT replied to the public consultation on Scottish Natural Heritage’s General Licences for 2017. The consultation generated approximately 110 responses and can be found on SNH’s website.
The majority of comments were on General Licences 1, 2 and 3. These are the most commonly used licences, issued for the purposes of conservation of wild birds; preventing serious damage; public health and safety and preventing the spread of disease, respectively.
The licences can be found here.
The key changes for game and wildlife managers from the 2016 General Licences for 2017 are:
- Adding resident greylag geese to General Licence 2 during July and August.
- Permitting the use of meat bait in Larsen mate and Larsen pod traps on General Licences 1 to 4.
- To issue our 2017 General Licences in a new, simpler format (see Annex B for a sample format).
In addition, SNH is proposing to:
- Develop a code of practice for trap operators during 2017/2018.
- Revise the trap registration system during 2017/2018 in discussion with Police Scotland.
- Develop and implement a communications plan with representative organisations.
- Explore new and responsive licensing solutions to prevent agricultural damage by ravens.
GWCT Scotland has recently met SNH and will be involved in these developments.