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Licensing & legislation

Advice on the legal requirements regarding protected species licensing

The Wildlife Partnership advises clients on the practical implementation of the relevant legislation regarding protected species and habitats in Scotland. During this process, advice on interpretation of the legislation is often discussed with staff from the licensing section of Scottish Natural Heritage. The principle legislation which is relevant to our work includes the European Habitats Directive and Regulations which is implemented in Scotland by the Habitats Regulations 1994; the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011 and the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. A regular part of our work is preparation of licence applications for bats, otters, badgers, water voles and great crested newts to ensure that clients are conforming with legislative requirements.

Swinging gate at badger sett entrance as part of sett closure under license

Swinging gate at badger sett entrance as part of sett closure under license

Artificial badger sett being created as part of set closure under license

Artificial badger sett being created as part of set closure under license