Bird licences - general licences
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.
Restrictions on the use of General Licences
Scottish Natural Heritage are able to 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. Any decision to implement a restriction will be posted on this webpage.
General licences for 2014
We have now considered the feedback from our consultation on General Licences for 2014 and finalised these Licences. Read our response letter and view the full list of General Licences for 2014 below.
Here are the responses to the 2014 General Licensing consultation.
General licences valid between 1 January and 31 December 2014
Some General licences have a condition that states you must submit a licence return to us. Please send completed licence returns to firstname.lastname@example.org 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
As part of the Orkney Adaptive Management pilot we are trialling (for one year) 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
The Uist Adaptive Management pilot 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.