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 2015
Below are our General Licences for 2015. There are no substantive changes to these licences. We have made one minor amendment to the wording on General Licences 1 - 3 in relation to restrictions on their use, to bring the wording on these licences in to line with that of the framework for implementation of those restrictions.
We intend to hold further discussions with key stakeholders regarding outstanding concerns relating to General Licences during 2015.
One of the key areas of work that has arisen from those discussions has been to examine how traps currently permitted for use under General Licences are used in practice in order to ensure that their use is efficient, effective and with minimal risks in terms of welfare and capture of non-target species. To this end we have commissioned work to look at trap use which began earlier this year and is scheduled for completion in late autumn 2015. We will post updates as to how this work is progressing on our website in due course.
General licences valid between 1 January and 31 December 2015
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.