Tim Baynes, Director of Scottish Land & Estates' Moorland Group said "We very much welcome the pragmatic and timely approach that the SNH Licensing team have taken to reviewing General Licences this year. General Licences are a very necessary tool in wildlife management and we particularly welcome the clarification that "clam traps" are legal for use under the General Licence and that this will be specifically clarified in the new General Licence for 2013. We are very aware that there have been different views on this and so our members will appreciate this clear clarification. The new General Licences will come into effect from 1st January 2013. Scottish Land & Estates, together will sector colleagues, met with SNH and responded fully to the consultation through 2012. It is gratifying that SNH are listening to the concerns of practitioners in the sector and we will continue to work with SNH to develop the proposed Code of Practice for use of traps and other measures being put forward"
Go to http://www.snh.gov.uk/protecting-scotlands-nature/species-licensing/bird-licensing/general/ for further information. The new General Licenses are intended to be made available via the above link by mid December.