Big changes for Scotland’s public health general licence

NatureScot, Scotland’s Nature Agency, has announced that the new general licence (GL 03/2020) will, from April 1, only cover two species – Canada Goose and feral pigeons.

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This licence, which brings Scotland more in line with England and Wales, can be used for the following activities for the purpose of preserving public health, public safety and preventing the spread of disease;

  • to kill or take certain wild birds;
  • to attempt to kill those birds, where the attempt results in injury to the bird concerned; 
  • to take, damage or destroy the nests or eggs of those birds.

The new general licence is valid across Scotland from April 1 to December 31, 2020.

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