On Wednesday last week (4th September) we encouraged blog readers to contact SNH and Natural England to ask whether they would provide guidance on the lawfulness of deploying gas gun bird scarers on grouse moors (see here).
SNH responded quickly (9th September) with the following statement:
SNH will soon be publishing a review of sustainable moorland management written on behalf of the SNH Scientific Advisory Committee, and a formal response to that report. Although not raised in the preparation of the review report the issue of gas guns has since been raised. We will be investigating the deployment of these scaring devices with regard to the law, and specifically with regard to recent guidance we have issued on Schedule A1 and 1A species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981: here. Depending on our investigations we may provide further guidance, as we did in June this year in relation to helicopter flights: here.
SNH’s prompt and positive response is welcomed. Now we just have to monitor the situation and ensure they follow up on their commitment.
Natural England has yet to respond.