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How does SNH make decisions on wildlife management?

What is SNH's role in wildlife management?

Protecting red squirrels, trapping mink to help look after vulnerable ground nesting birds, culling gulls to protect tern nesting colonies are all examples of wildlife management situations which SNH may get involved with by providing advice or carrying out action. SNH has developed a Wildlife Management Framework  PDF document to ensure decisions on wildlife management are consistent, informed, proportionate, practical and cost effective. The Framework shows how and why SNH gets involved with and makes decisions on wildlife management.

Making decisions

So far the Framework has been used to assess the impacts of the Uist Wader Research Project, stoats on Orkney, feral goats and other wildlife management situations.

The Framework involves small groups, who assess the impacts  of a wildlife management situation (with the help of a Wildlife Impacts Assessment worksheet  Excel spreadsheet ) by drawing on evidence and local and expert knowledge.  This builds a clear, agreed, comprehensive picture of the effect of the wildlife management situation on people, local communities, tourism, businesses and the environment. It shows the likely intended and unintended consequences of proposed actions.

Using the Framework provides insights into decisions that can be complex, uncertain and sometimes controversial.

Principles of wildlife management

The following principles sit at the heart of the Wildlife Management Framework:

  • Wildlife is managed sustainably as part of an ecosystem
  • Managing wildlife is a shared responsibility
  • Wildlife management safeguards animal welfare
  • Wildlife management adapts to changing circumstances

 These principles guide SNH's work on wildlife management.

Further information and feedback

We are reaching the end of the Wildlife Management Framework pilot within SNH and will produce an evaluation report shortly. Please let us know if would like to know more about the Framework by contacting either or  of the Scottish Natural Heritage Wildlife Management Team.  

Last updated on Tuesday 7th June 2016 at 16:38 PM. Click here to comment on this page