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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. Current restrictions are listed below.
(Restriction temporarily suspended until 20 May 2016*)
* Restriction temporarily suspended by the Courts following a petition to commence a Judicial Review of this decision.
General licences for 2016
Below are our general licences for 2016. There are no substantive changes from the 2015 general licences. However, we are proposing extensive discussion and consultation on general licences during 2016 to inform the development of those for 2017 and beyond. This discussion will follow the publication of the SNH-funded research on trapping under general licences (scheduled for March/April 2016) and other research including the Understanding Predation project which is expected to report in early 2016.
General licences valid between 1 January and 31 December 2016
General licences valid between 1 January and 31 December 2015
General Licence 01/2015: To kill or take certain birds for the conservation of wild birds (Restriction temporarily suspended until 20 May 2016*)
*Restriction temporarily suspended by the Courts following a petition to commence Judicial Review of this decision.
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 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 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.