General Licences - Scotland
General licences in Scotland are currently issued by NatureScot (formerly Scottish Natural Heritage). You don’t need to apply to use a general licence, but you are required by law to abide by their terms and conditions.
What you need to know
The 2021 general licences are broadly similar to those issued in 2020, with no changes to target species.
- GL 01/2021: To kill or take certain birds for the conservation of wild birds.
- GL 02/2021: To kill or take certain birds for the prevention of serious damage to livestock, foodstuffs for livestock, crops, vegetables and fruit.
- GL 03/2021: To kill or take certain birds for the preservation of public health, public safety and preventing the spread of disease
- GL 14/2021: To use certain traps to kill stoats for the conservation of wild birds or for the prevention of serious damage to livestock.
All traps must also be registered with NatureScot – not Police Scotland. You can register your traps here.
What is BASC doing?
BASC work closely with NatureScot to ensure current and future licences are fit for purpose. We regularly meet with representatives from NatureScot and the Scottish Government to make the views of the BASC membership known.
For further information on Scottish general licences, please call: 01350 723 226.
Latest press releases – Scotland general licences
BASC has welcomed the publication of Scotland’s latest general licences, which will come into force on the 1st January 2021.
New licences will come into force on 1 April 2020 and follow on from an SNH consultation and review.