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Hares and licensing
Background and legislation
The Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 introduced closed seasons for the killing or taking of wild hares. As a result and under the amendments made to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) it is now an offence to intentionally or recklessly kill, injure or take a mountain or brown hare in the close season.
Close season dates
Mountain hare - 1 March to 31 July.
Brown hare - 1 February to 30 September.
Applying for a licence
It is possible to licence individuals to kill or take mountain or brown hares in the close season.
Licences can only be granted for specific purposes which include:
- preventing spread of disease;
- preventing serious damage;
- social, economic, or environmental purposes .
Please note, a licence will only be granted for control of hares in the close season in exceptional circumstances. You must be able to provide clear reasons why control outwith the close season would not resolve the problem.
How we will assess your application
In order to issue a licence, we will consider the following:
- that there is a valid licensable purpose (e.g. that hares are causing serious damage to growing timber);
- that there is no alternative to licensed control (e.g. fencing, or control outwith the close season);
- the conservation impact on the species.
In order that your application is dealt with as quickly as possible, please ensure that the reason for which you seek a licence and why the work needs to be carried out during the close season are very clearly justified on your application form.
It is a condition of each licence that a return is submitted. Please refer to your licence for the relevant return information required and send to email@example.com clearly stating your name and licence number in the subject.
Renewals and amendments
If you hold a licence which you wish to renew or you wish to amend your licence you can:
- telephone 01463 725364 (please make sure you have your licence number to hand); or
- email firstname.lastname@example.org putting your licence number in the subject.
For further information or advice please contact email@example.com or telephone 01463 725364.
Last updated on Friday 18th March 2016 at 13:18 PM. Click here to comment on this page