Summary of Licensing Data
Updated: August 2023
NatureScot issues licences for certain specific purposes which are detailed in legislation and which would otherwise constitute an offence. More detail on the licensing process and protected species can be found on our webpages.
We are committed to making as much of our data as accessible as possible to all those who have an interest in our licensing function including members of the public, other organisations and agencies. We are working over the coming months to make more of our licensing data available. The data below shows the number of licences issued each month for different licence types. All personal details and identifiers have been removed to ensure compliance with GDPR and no sensitive environmental details, such as the location of nesting or breeding sites, are included.
Data from licences that contain the activity to lethally control animals and birds is summarised below for the time period June 2019 to June 2023. Please note that a single licence may cover multiple activities and species so this list does not reflect the number of licences issued or the actual number of animals and birds actually controlled, which is much lower.
The actual number of animals and birds controlled under licences is included in our licence return data. Where data on returns for licences is missing this is being pursued by our Compliance Team. We will update this data annually.
Details on how to use the workbooks are set out within the files. For any queries please get in contact with the licensing team at [email protected]. We are open to feedback so please get in contact with your comments.
- Summary Data for 2022 (spreadsheet available to download below)