Managing wildlife on your land

Last updated: 8 July 2019

You may need a wildlife licence to kill, cull, remove or disturb the habitats of particular species if they're legally protected. You'll usually need to have a good reason too (eg they're attacking your crops or causing a public health problem).

Find out your legal responsibilities if you encounter wildlife as part of your job (eg as a developer, land manager or researcher) or as a member of the public.

Scottish Natural Heritage also has information on activities that need a licence and how you can apply for one.

Scottish Natural Heritage
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