Thursday, 5 March 2020

MEMBERS PLEASE ACT: ALL GENERAL LICENCE CHANGES NOW PUBLISHED


Dear SGA member, after meeting with SNH, the finalised General Licences have now been published for 2020.
There is a lot to get your head around and you need to be ready for 1st April 2020 (only 3.5 weeks away).
This means reading all the information and, crucially, making sure you comply with the new rules.

Unlike previous years, when members would check whether there had been changes to species which could be managed under the licences, there is a lot more to consider this year.
One of the key changes is to register your traps with SNH and NOT POLICE SCOTLAND as was previously the case.
This will have to be done ahead of April 1st if you are to be compliant and this briefing points you in the right direction so you can find all the information you need.
There are also changes to General Licence use on designated sites.
Again, you need to assess whether you comply with SNH's new 'standing conditions' in order to be able to use General Licences on select designated areas.
If you don't, you will have to contact SNH to discuss what you plan to do. If you do not do this, you will be in breach of General Licensing regulation.
So, please ACT NOW.
By clicking, here, you will find all the information about the changes and what you need to do next.
https://www.nature.scot/professional-advice/safeguarding-protected-areas-and-species/licensing/species-licensing-z-guide/birds-and-licensing/general-licences-birds