Date lodged: 19 February 2019
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform to the Member of 18 February 2019, whether the Scottish Government will set out a timeline, including an expected deadline, for the phasing out of lead shot used by Scottish Natural Heritage.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 5 March 2019
The Scottish Government does not intend to set out a timeline, including an expected deadline, for the phasing out of lead shot used by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
As confirmed in the letter of 18 February, SNH does not use lead shot in wetland areas and is continuing to reduce the use of lead shot in other areas; for example 95% of the culling of red deer on land owned or managed by SNH uses non-lead ammunition.
SNH continues to seek out and trial non-lead ammunition in the limited circumstances where it is still being used and will change to alternatives when operational requirements can be met and after ensuring that any animal welfare concerns have been fully addressed.