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Question reference: S6W-11945

  • Asked by: Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: 7 November 2022
  • Current status: Answered by Mairi McAllan on 21 November 2022


To ask the Scottish Government when the recommendations in the Werritty review will be implemented, particularly the licensing of grouse moor management.


As we set out in our 2022 Programme for Government we will introduce a Wildlife Management (Grouse) Bill which will: ‘ implement the recommendations of the “Werritty Review” and introduce licensing for grouse moor management to ensure that the management of driven grouse moors and related activities is undertaken in an environmentally sustainable manner. The Bill will also include provisions to ban glue traps.’

We have been working with NatureScot to develop proposals for a licensing scheme for grouse moor businesses and launched a public consultation on those proposals on 26 October 2022. The consultation will run until 14 December 2022 and can be found here: Wildlife management: consultation - ( .