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General licences for birds
General licences permit 'authorised persons' to carry out actions that would otherwise be illegal. They cover certain types of activity relating to birds, such as preserving public health or air safety, and preventing the spread of disease. General licences cover situations that are regarded as relatively commonplace and where there is unlikely to be any great conservation impact.
General licences avoid the need for people to apply for individual licences for these specific circumstances. General licences are still subject to strict conditions, and abuse of them or failure to comply with the conditions could constitute an offence.
General licensing consultation
We are reviewing the content of our general licences with a view to issuing revised licences for 2017. As part of this process we started a 12 week public consultation on 18 July 2016 (closing 10 October 2016) to gather views from those operating under them and others as to how they might be improved.
This consultation is an opportunity to help shape our general licences for 2017. It follows a workshop we held in May 2016 to disseminate the results of research we commissioned about how crow cage traps are being used and how they can be used more effectively. This research will be published shortly.
Restrictions on the use of General Licences
Scottish Natural Heritage can prohibit the use of General Licences 1-3 by certain persons and/or on certain areas of land where we have reason to believe that wild birds have been taken or killed by such persons and/or on such land other than in accordance with this General licence.
Our framework for implementing restrictions details how we will consider evidence and put restrictions in place. Current restrictions are listed below.
UPDATE: Earlier this year parties affected by General Licence restriction 01/2015 petitioned the Courts to seek a Judicial Review (JR) of our decision. The Court has now granted permission for a JR to be undertaken and we will update this page once this has been concluded. Until that time the use of General Licences on this land remains prohibited. However, in response to individual licence applications from those affected parties, two licences have been granted to carry out some activities otherwise permitted under General Licence has been granted covering some of this land. Those licences are subject to specific conditions and controls.
General licences for 2016
Below are our general licences for 2016 which are similar to those issued for 2015. They are valid from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016.
General licence returns
Some general licences have a condition that states you must submit a licence return to us. Please send completed licence returns to email@example.com in an appropriate format (table, spreadsheet, etc.) ensuring:
- you include all the information required by the particular general licence you've operated under, and
- always put 'General licence return' and the location details (e.g. airport) in the subject line of your email.
Orkney Greylag Goose Adaptive Management Pilot Project
As part of the Orkney Adaptive Management pilot project we are trialling the licensing of limited and controlled sale of goose carcasses and meat arising from the pilot. This includes licensing individual participants of the pilot and butchers to sell meat as well as a general licence for caterers in Orkney to be able to sell goose meat to customers.
Uist Greylag Goose Adaptive Management Pilot Project
The Uist Adaptive Management pilot project is trialling the licensing of limited and controlled sale of goose carcasses and meat. Below is a link to a general licence permitting caterers in Uist and Barra to sell goose meat to customers.
Lewis and Harris Greylag Goose Adaptive Management Pilot Project
The Lewis and Harris Adaptive Management Pilot Project is trialling the licensing of limited and controlled sale of goose carcasses and meat. Below is a link to a general licence permitting caterers in Lewis and Harris to sell goose meat to customers.