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Since the advent of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, the SRSG has met with various Environment Ministers, as well as less frequently with the Chair of SNH, to highlight the impacts of wildlife crime on protected raptor populations in Scotland. Many individual SRSG members have also met with their local MSPs to highlight this problem. During these discussions, the SRSG, and its members, have repeatedly pressed the case for the effective licensing of "driven" grouse shooting in particular. Whilst we have received a "sympathetic hearing" in these meetings, and indeed some significant improvements to the legislation protecting birds of prey has followed (notably in the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011), the impacts on some raptor populations from illegal killing remains a significant issue. During this period, the Scottish Government has also commissioned various reviews related to wildlife crime (including the latest one from SNH to look at gamebird hunting licensing systems in other parts of Europe). However this SNH review, as a good example, will apparently make no recommendations for further action, and therefore will likely result in no meaningful progress towards eliminating the illegal killing of birds of prey in Scotland.