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Old 09-01-2011, 05:27 PM
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Exclamation NEW PUBLIC GENERAL LICENSES-Scotland 2011

NEW PUBLIC GENERAL LICENSES


http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/En...es/licence2011

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/En...neral-licences





Members should note that the new Public General Licenses to allow control of pest species have now been issued.

Note that it is a condition of the license that anyone who uses the freedom of the license to control birds MUST have read and understood the terms of the licenses!

The most commonly used licenses are below, but members should be aware that there is a BIG change which affects the use of cage traps.

When any cage trap is not in use it must be immobilised and rendered incapable of use in such a way that the immobilisation could not be reversed without considerable forethought or considerable difficulty.

Doors or panels of cage traps MUST be removed from the site or, if they are not removed from the site, they must be taken off the trap and secured by a locked padlock.

When any Larsen trap is not in use, access doors must be secured with a padlock or the trap removed from the site and stored in such a manner as to prevent its accidental use.


Members should already know that any cage trap or Larsen trap used under these licences must carry a tag or sign that gives the number of the local police station or wildlife crime officer for the area. The tag or sign must also carry a unique code that allows the owner to be identified by the police. The operator of the trap must contact their local wildlife crime officer to obtain this code in advance of use of traps. The operator may include other relevant material on the tag or sign.


http://www.sacs.org.uk/Sacs/Gen%20Lic%2001%202011.pdf

http://www.sacs.org.uk/Sacs/Gen%20Lic%2002%202011.pdf

http://www.sacs.org.uk/Sacs/Gen%20Lic%2003%202011.pdf



And just a reminder that the snaring laws changed as well,


http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/En...angestosnaring


Changes to snaring legislation take effect in Scotland.
Changes to snaring legislation come into effect on 11th March 10, throughout Scotland. Snare operators are encouraged to make themselves aware of the changes to the law, which are designed to address animal welfare concerns.

Members of the public are reminded that, if they suspect that illegal snaring or trapping is taking place, they should contact the police and should not attempt to disarm or destroy the trap in question.

The four areas that have been addressed by The Snares (Scotland) Order 2010 are;

1. Stops
Snares must be fitted with effective stops to prevent nooses from closing too far.

leporid (rabbit) snares should be fitted with a stop 13cm from the running end
fox snares should be fitted with a stop 23cm from the running end
This is specifically to avoid strangulation of the target species. Snares are intended to restrain animals not kill them.

2. Free running snares
Each snare must be checked when it is set and subsequently at least once every 24 hours to ensure that it is free running.

If a set snare is found to have become not free running then the operator must either remove or repair it.

3. Anchors
All snares that are not staked in place must be fixed with an effective anchor to prevent them being dragged.

This is to ensure that snared animals cannot drag the snare away and become entangled. An animal that can drag a snare away from the location in which it is set is at a much increased risk of injury.

4. Location
Snares must never be set on or near features that could result in animals becoming fully or partially suspended or drowning.

This applies to natural features, such as woody vegetation or streams, and man made features, such as fences and ditches.

Future changes
Two other changes to the provisions about snaring under the 1981 Act are currently being considered for the prospective Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill.

These are that all snares must be fitted with identification tags, which will allow the authorities to identify their operators, but will not allow identification by casual passers-by, and a snaring qualification course for those wishing to set snares.

Guidance
You can download the latest version of Snaring in Scotland - A Practitioners' Guide below.

This industry guide was produced to give snare operators advice regarding best practice in snaring.

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UPDATED 22/09/2010
The guide was updated in September 2010. The most recent version (third edition) can be downloaded from our Resources pages.
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Old 09-01-2011, 06:53 PM
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good post alan , it may make some aware that what they are doing isnt as legal as they thought it was .

its a good point to keep abreast of any changes in legislation - there are plenty about who are not aware of any long standing laws never mind changes in them .

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Old 09-01-2011, 07:23 PM
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Thanks Pete and strangely enough we came across 6 or so illegal snares over the festive period. They were just sections of bent wire twisted and looped, the type of wire that act as the Armour on armored cable. They even had rabbits in them, as though not being attended on a regular basis.

Needless to say, the rabbits were removed and thrown out for the local buzzards and this time around, we did remove the snares.

The Larson trap removal of doors etc is a new one to me as well. I was aware that they had to be registered, as mine is, but door removal only came across that one today actually.
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Excellent Thread, I will also urge everyone to get up to speed with the terms of the General License In Either England or Wales (depending where you live)..

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Excellent Thread, I will also urge everyone to get up to speed with the terms of the General License In Either England or Wales (depending where you live)..

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Hi Simon..

Would you be able to post the the English one on a PM please..

Thanks Corey.
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For info in all other parts of the Uk, you can find the links etc on this thread.

Http://falconryforum.co.uk/showthrea...ad.php?t=82086
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Default Re: NEW PUBLIC GENERAL LICENSES-Scotland 2011

Just to add to this sticky, this years General Licenses link 2012.

Http://www.snh.gov.uk/protecting-sco...nsing/general/
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