A number of changes are to be made to Scottish General Licences for next year, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has announced.

As part of its annual consultation on the subject, SNH says that its decisions, which include changes to the status of Canada geese and ruddy duck, represent a “significant improvement” on previous versions.

Among the main decisions and changes for 2013 are:

• Non-native Canada geese will be added to General Licences 1, 2 and 3, which will allow lethal control methods to be used all year round.

• Non-native ruddy duck will be added to General Licence 1, allowing year-round lethal control methods to support efforts to eradicate this species from the UK.

• A new General Licence will be created permitting the catching-up of red grouse using nets or lamps in order to enable the administration of medication.

• Traps permitted under General Licences 1–4 will be clarified, including authorisation to use “clam”-type traps. “By hand” will be included as a method of despatch.

The rest of this article appears in the 19th December issue of Shooting Times.

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