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Pest, or Predation or Vermin Control is carried out in areas that are either farmed by means of crofting or by local residents keeping poultry, sheep etc. Unfortunately, these rather delicious birds and lambs etc are also especially yummy for some predators!
However, the control of Vermin and Pests are controlled by various Acts of Parliament and while these Acts tend to be complex, basically:
A more comprehensive list may be found on the BASC website as can a comprehensive list of the relevant General Licences required by SNH for the control of some species.
Badgers can only be controlled under Government Licence
BIRD LIME & GIN TRAPS ARE ILLEGAL IN ALL AREAS OF THE UK
Information on Pest Control and the relevant Codes of Practice may be found by looking at the BASC website via our LINKS page.
If you see, or are concerned about, any activity on any land where persons may be shooting or seen to be carrying Firearms (uncovered) the Police may be contacted at ~ Tel. 999 and ask for Police.
AIR WEAPONS AND THE LAW
From the 1st January 2017, under the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015, most Air Weapons in Scotland will require to be licensed under the Firearms Act. There are exceptions for Gun Clubs & Cadet Corps.
For those living on the Isle of Skye, application to own an Air Weapon may be made to Police Scotland, Somerled Square, Portree from the 1st July 2016.
For further information on this new legislation go to www.airweapon.scot
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