Removal from General Licence #4 (Licence to Protect Air Safety), of Condition 17: “Where there is reasonable suspicion that an offence has been committed, the operator of a trap must reveal its location if required to do so by a constable”
With the commencement of the Wildlife and Natural Environment Act (WANE) all bird licensing responsibilities were transferred [from Scottish Government, Rural & Environment Directorate] to Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) as of 1 July 2011.
A consultation was carried out in 2011. This raised a concern that there are some ambiguities in the licences regarding trapping methods. SNH was not in a position to secure clarity by 1 January 2012 so no changes to trapping methods have yet come into force. Key stakeholders will be involved to take this work forward in 2012. The likely outcome is that traps will need to be approved in some cases.
Details from Scotland Natural Heritage can be found here.
The 2012 licences are basically the same as in 2011. There is due to be a consultation on the licences this year.
Details from the Welsh Government here.
No changes made at all when the current licences were introduced back on 1 September 2011.
And for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency from here.
23 January 2012