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Perthshire Raven Cull

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Dear Scottish Natural Heritage,

Please can you provide me with the content of all e-mails, phone calls and letters between SNH and other people / organisations relating to the decision to grant a licence to Strathbraan Community Collaboration for Waders (SCCW) to cull 300 Ravens in Perthshire over a 5 year period. Can you also provide the evidence the scientific evidence which led you to making this decision.

Thanks very much.

Yours faithfully,

Adrian Taylor

FOI, Scottish Natural Heritage

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FOI, Scottish Natural Heritage

Dear Mr Taylor,

Thank you for your information request. We will reply to you as soon as possible and in any case by 22 May.

Yours sincerely,

Rhoda Davidson
Information Officer

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Dear Mr Taylor,

Thank you for your information request. I’m getting in touch to let you know that we are working on your request, but we need some more time to complete our response. I’ve attached a letter which explains this in more detail.

Yours sincerely,

Rhoda Davidson
Information Officer

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Dear Mr Taylor,

Please find attached our response to your request. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this response.

Yours sincerely,

Rhoda Davidson
Information Officer

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Dear Scottish Natural Heritage,

Thanks very much for the information you sent regarding my FOI request regarding the 'Perthshire Raven Cull'

I was disappointed that the response was so heavily redacted making some of the e-mails included unreadable. Please can details be redacted (if they have to ) more carefully and corrected and re-sent to me.

You have heavily redacted names of people and organisations making the request for the licence - This information should be available to the public as we need to know the background to why this licence was requested. From the information provide I doubt the Raven Cull would benefit Waders as mentioned but would only benefit grouse moor management.

Finally I requested the scientific evidence for the cull. From the documents provided I can see no scientific evidence to justify the cull. Can you send the scientific evidence as requested.

Please can I request an internal review of Scottish Natural Heritage's handling of my FOI request 'Perthshire Raven Cull' to address the above points and why a delay was required in providing this information.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours faithfully,

Adrian Taylor

FOI, Scottish Natural Heritage

Dear Mr Taylor,

We have received your request for an internal review. We will reply to you as soon as possible and in any case by 18 July.

Yours sincerely,

Rhoda Davidson
Information Officer

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Dear FOI,

Just a gentle reminder that the internal review was due by the 18th July and this is now overdue.

Yours sincerely,

Adrian Taylor

Dear Mr Taylor,

Apologies for the delay and thank-you for your understanding. I'm looking to get your response out if not today, first thing Friday 20th.

Yours sincerely
Ken

Ken MacLean | Information & Cyber Security Manager
Scottish Natural Heritage | Silvan House | 231 Corstorphine Road | Edinburgh | EH12 7AT | t: 0131 316 2666 | m :07778 514564
Dualchas Nàdair na h-Alba | Taigh Silvan | 231 Rathad Chros Thoirphin | Dùn Èideann | EH12 7AT
nature.scot – Connecting People and Nature in Scotland - @nature_scot

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Dear Mr Taylor.

Please find attached our response to your request for an internal review on our handling of your FOI request.
Apologies again for our delay in responding.

Yours sincerely
Ken

Ken MacLean | Information & Cyber Security Manager
Scottish Natural Heritage | Silvan House | 231 Corstorphine Road | Edinburgh | EH12 7AT | t: 0131 316 2666 | m :07778 514564
Dualchas Nàdair na h-Alba | Taigh Silvan | 231 Rathad Chros Thoirphin | Dùn Èideann | EH12 7AT
nature.scot – Connecting People and Nature in Scotland - @nature_scot

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Dear FOI,

Thanks very much for your reply. I understand the need under the data protection act to protect the names of the members of the public providing information. I still believe that pages 8,10,46,53,75,97,108,181, and183 in the reply were excessively redacted with more than names being removed. Please can you review those redactions ASAP otherwise I will contact the ICO.

Just for the record, you state that all the scientific evidence for the Cull is based on the information you made available in the FOI reply. I have seen no scientific evidence in the reply only anecdotal evidence from unknown sources (could they be people from the grouse shooting industry?).

Regards,

Adrian

Regards,

Adrian

Yours sincerely,

Adrian Taylor

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