This post continues to explore the licensing of wild hacking of non-native falcons in the UK and uses information received from SNH about wild hacking licensed by them in Moray in 2019.
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In 2019 SNH issued a second licence for wild hacking of a large number of Gyr Falcons; well actually they had two goes at it with the first (15 May) limiting the number of Gyr Falcons to 35 in total;
…and a second the very next day (16 May) increasing the licence to 100 Gyr Falcons with up to 40 at a time (as with the Moray licence).
We don’t know the exact location of the hack site but we do know that it is located inside a Special Protection Area (SPA) for birds; the Muirkirk and North Lowther Uplands SPA.
This area has breeding raptors in it. SNH required the licensee to carry out watches for Schedule 1 species before and during the period of wild hacking – presumably because they felt that dealing with an SPA required more and better monitoring than at the Moray site.