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Wildlife Management Framework

Our Wildlife Management Framework guides how Scottish Natural Heritage makes decisions about wildlife management.

Read our Wildlife Management Framework: A Guide to Making Decisions on Wildlife Management

The Framework shows how and why SNH gets involved in, and makes decisions on, wildlife management.

Examples of wildlife management situations we may advise or act on include:

  • protecting red squirrels
  • trapping mink to protect vulnerable ground nesting birds
  • culling gulls to protect nesting colonies of terns

Using the Framework ensures our decisions are:

  • consistent
  • informed
  • proportionate
  • practical
  • cost-effective

Our wildlife management principles

  • Wildlife is managed sustainably as part of an ecosystem.
  • Managing wildlife is a shared responsibility.
  • Wildlife management safeguards animal welfare.
  • Wildlife management adapts to changing circumstances.

How decisions are made

Using the Framework provides insights into decisions that can be complex, uncertain and sometimes controversial.

The Framework requires small groups to assess the impacts of the wildlife management situation in question. Drawing on evidence and local and expert knowledge, the group completes a Wildlife Impacts Assessment worksheet.

This exercise builds a full and clear picture of how the wildlife management situation affects people, communities, tourism, business and the environment. It also reveals the likely intended and unintended results of proposed actions.


Jessica Findlay
Telephone: 0300 244 9360
Email: [email protected]

Alastair MacGugan
Telephone: 07876 478 305
Email: [email protected]