Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has released details of two restrictions imposed on the use of General Licenses on a 'sporting' estate in Perthshire and on an un-named individual. These follow previous similar restrictions imposed on grouse moors in Stirlingshire and the Scottish Borders.
RSPB Scotland has welcomed the announcement as a video supporting the legal restrictions was released, but no prosecutions have yet resulted from the evidence.
Video evidence presented by SNH to procure the legal restrictions on the estates concerned. Video: RSPB.
Duncan Orr-Ewing, Head of Species and Land Management for RSPB Scotland said: “We are pleased to read the SNH announcement restricting the use of the General Licence in these cases. In May 2017, the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment announced a package of new measures designed to protect birds of prey, including the consideration of all legal measures that could be used to target geographical areas of concern, and this is part of that approach.