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SNH General Licences 01 April to 31 December 2020 and larsen trap registrations

SNH have finalised their General Licences from 01 April 2020 to 31 December 2020.

SNH General Licences 01 April to 31 December 2020 and larsen trap registrations

There have been a number of changes to the species which can be controlled under some of the General Licences. Please see the appendix at the end of the document link below which lists the changes.

The new general Licences themselves can be found via the link below:

Changes to use of GLs on designated sites

As indicated in an earlier news piece SNH have now finalised the changes required in respect of using General Licences on designated sites.

They have managed to reduce the number of sites where there is potential for impact from General Licence use to the bare minimum. SACS understands the challenges SNH have faced and welcomes this sensible light touch approach.

Where there may be an impact, SNH have created a set of “standing conditions” for each designated site. If users can meet these standing conditions then there will be no need for them to contact SNH for permission and they can proceed with the licensed activity.

Where they cannot meet these standing conditions, they will need to contact SNH for permission, though they think this will be in a very limited number of cases.

If you do not control pest birds under a General Licence on designated sites (e.g. Special Protected Areas) then the above does not affect you, and you just need to focus on your specific General Licence.

Remember to lawfully control pest species of birds under a General Licence you don't need to apply for a licence, just read the licence relevant to you e.g. protecting crops or livestock and also abide by any relevant conditions. It is fairly straightforward. If in doubt give SACS a shout!

Trap registration

As of 1st April 2020 SNH Licensing will be taking over Trap Registration from Police Scotland. From this date, you will need to register with SNH in order to use Larsen Traps, Larsenmate Traps, Larsenpod Traps and multicatch crow traps under our General Licences.

You’ll need to register with SNH even if you have previously registered with Police Scotland. Police Scotland numbers will no longer be valid after 1st April 2021. Registrations are now issued to individual people rather than properties. Trap registration codes which SNH will provide you must be attached to any of the traps listed above used under our General Licences.

SACS supported this change, which makes for a simpler and more transparent system and will help us defend the use of larsen type traps in the years ahead.

Please go to the SNH weblink below to register or re-register.