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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-16840: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 29 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many satellite-tagged birds of prey are required to go missing in circumstances described as "suspicious" for Scottish Natural Heritage to consider the removal of the right to use an open general licence.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 7 June 2018

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) relies on evidence of offences in relation to wild birds being provided by Police Scotland. Where there is no evidence of an offence having been committed, the criteria within the existing framework for implementing General Licence restrictions are not met.

SNH is planning to review the framework to consider whether evidence from satellite tags can be taken into account when considering whether to impose a restriction. SNH will consult with PAWS partners and others as part of its review.