Ms E Cowan
By email: email@example.com
Our Ref: SIR150309/A2629674
22 May 2018
Dear Ms Cowan Information Request – Strathbraan Raven Licence
Thank you for your information request, which we received on 23 April. We are considering
your request under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs). We
are currently working on your request, but need some additional time to complete our
response. Your Request
1. “The full basis for Strathbraan Community for Waders and any other relevant persons/
associations for the initial proposal of the Raven Cull in relation to concerns raised be
that conservation or otherwise. If possible, full disclosure of the written proposal to
Scottish Natural Heritage in relation to this licence request.
2. Action otherwise undertaken by Strathbraan Community for Waders, Scottish Natural
Heritage and any other relevant bodies to investigate the concerns raised prior to the
grant of this licence.
3. Details of any action undertaken to explore alternatives to the Raven cull.
4. The full terms of the responsibility and expectations agreed between Strathbraan
Community for Waders and Scottish Natural Heritage in relation to the recent licence
grant. (This question relates to the practical and legal objectives set out within the
Our Current Position
We have completed our initial information searches, and we need to look through a large
volume of information in order to respond to your request. We must carefully review this
information for relevance and for any sensitive information (for example, personal data or
environmentally sensitive data). Some sensitive information might need to be marked out
(redacted) before we can send information to you.
Regulation 7 of the EIRs allows public authorities to extend the time for compliance with
requests for up to an additional 20 working days. This means we must respond to your
information request by 20 June at the latest.
Scottish Natural Heritage, Battleby, Redgorton, Perth, PH1 3EW
Tel 01738 444177 Fax 01738 458611 www.nature.scot
How We Are Handling Your Request
You have asked us for environmental information as described by the Environmental
Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (‘the EIRs’) so we are dealing with your request
under those regulations. To be able to use the EIRs we have to apply an exemption under
section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (‘FOISA’). The Scottish
Information Commissioner’s guidance recommends that public authorities apply this
exemption to environmental information.
If you would like to find out more about the access to information legislation there is a
guidance booklet available on the Scottish Information Commissioner’s website,
http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/nmsruntime/saveasdialog.aspx?lID=5487&sID=5024. Review and Appeal
We will issue a response to you as soon as we can within the next 20 working days.
However, if you are dissatisfied with us taking additional time you have the right to ask us to
review our decision to extend the time period. Please write to us within 40 working days at
Battleby, Redgorton, Perth, PH1 3EW or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, explaining your
concerns. We will carry out a review and provide an outcome within 20 working days.
If you are not satisfied following this, you can make an appeal to the Scottish Information
Commissioner. The Scottish Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
Scottish Information Commissioner
Telephone: 01334 464610
Online appeals: http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal
Yours sincerely Rhoda Davidson