Scottish Government’s reply in response to a question about Licensing of Shooting estates and lead shot.


Earlier today Raptor Politics received the attached information from one of our supporters he received from the Scottish Government Government replying to his email 7 September 2017 sent to Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change. Roseanna Cunningham had been asked to clarify what the Scottish Government were doing on the Licensing of shooting estates and the use of lead shot to kill game birds in Scotland. There was no response from the Scottish Government regarding the question of the use of lead shot to kill game birds.

This is the reply received John Gray
Wildlife Management Team

Dear Mr. xxxxxxxxx

Thank you for your email of 7 September 2017 to Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, regarding the licensing of shooting estates.  I have been asked to reply.

In response to a report that was published on 31 May 2017 regarding the disappearance of  satellite tagged golden eagles between 2004-2016, and alongside other incidents of raptor persecution, and a recommendation from the ECCLR committee on licensing of shooting businesses, the Cabinet Secretary announced a package of further measures to tackle wildlife crime: These were:

  • Setting up an independently-led group to look at the environmental impact of grouse moor management practices such as muirburn, the use of medicated grit and mountain hare culls, and to recommend options for regulation including licensing and other measures which could be put in place without new primary legislation;
  • Immediately reviewing all available legal measures which could be used to target geographical areas of concern;
  • Increasing resources for the detection and investigation of wildlife crime and working with Police Scotland to pilot the use of special constables in the Cairngorms National Park;
  • Commissioning research into the costs and benefits of large shooting estates to Scotland’s economy and biodiversity.

These new measures will build upon existing work, including restrictions on general licences and a commitment to increase the penalties for wildlife offences during the current Parliament.

The Scottish Government is currently in the process of setting up the independently-led review group. Arrangements for the commissioning of research into large shooting estates are also underway, and further announcements on these pieces of work will be made in due course.

Yours sincerely

John Gray

Wildlife Management Team

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