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Nature and Land Management


Are Nature Scotland (SNH) continuing to carry out their work?

In line with Government rules, SNH Area staff are currently unable to make site visits at the present time. This will affect

  • Field work (planning or otherwise)
  • Species Survey work
  • Deer counts
  • Lek counts/bird surveys
  • Involvement of volunteers

Essential Health & Safety checks on National Nature Reserves (NNRs) will continue.


Will the wildlife management schemes operated by Nature Scotland (SNH) continue?

SNH staff are operating from home and working to maintain business continuity via e-mail, video conferencing and telephone. They will continue to provide support and guidance on wildlife issues.

To this end, SNH has set out below its current approach to delivering the following:

  • Licensing - SNH phones are not currently staffed, please use the www.nature.scot website for guidance, including that on trap registration.  If you have a query which you cannot find the answer to online then email licensing@nature.scot  As SNH offices are currently closed please email all correspondence.
  • Sea Eagle Management Scheme (SEMS) - Following Scottish Government advice, Nature Scotland (SNH) are putting in place measures which will allow them to continue running the SEMS whilst protecting clients and staff.  They will not be arranging any face to face visits but can provide advice over the phone and by e-mail.  
  • Goose Management Schemes - All field work across all schemes has ceased. Administration across all the schemes will, however, continue. Please contact your usual Area contact if you have further queries. 
  • Deer Management - Deer management is not currently an essential activity. Where deer are causing serious damage to agriculture, control may still be required but must follow current Scottish Government COVID-19 advice.  
  • Invasive Non-native Species - Invasive non-native species projects (Hebridean Mink, Uist Wader, Orkney Native Wildlife and Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels Projects and Scottish Invasive Species Initiative).  All field work across all projects has ceased.


My shotgun licence is due for renewal what should I do?

If you are renewing your licence and do not have any declared medical history (e.g. epilepsy, depression etc.) during COVID-19 you should send your GP mandate as normal.  

If you have a declared medical issue, you should contact your local firearms unit for individual advice about your specific application. 

 


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