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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20699: Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many applications have been made to the police by Forestry Commission Scotland in each year since 2008 to remove sheep from land owned by the agency, and how many sheep were removed using lethal control.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 22 January 2019

Please see below the number of applications made to Police Scotland by Forest Enterprise Scotland for the removal of sheep and the number of sheep subsequently removed from Scotland’s National Forest Estate:

Year

Applications Made

No. of Sheep Removed

2008

0

0

2009

0

0

2010

0

0

2011

0

0

2012

0

0

2013

0

0

2014

0

0

2015

0

0

2016

0

0

2017

2

51

2018

2

222

2019

0

20*

* associated with an application approved by Police Scotland in 2017.

Following consultation with the Scottish Government, the Animal and Plant Welfare Agency, Police Scotland, the Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer and the National Farmers Union of Scotland, FES introduced new guidance to staff in 2016.

The Guidance accompanied a Memorandum of Understanding between FES and Police Scotland which identifies how FES can act to assist Police Scotland deal with legally trespassing sheep on Scotland’s National Forest Estate which are classed as ‘lost and abandoned property’ and are the responsibility of the Chief Constable.