Review of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002


On 26 December 2015 Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Dr McLeod announced that the Right Hon Lord Bonomy would lead a review into the operation of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002.

The review would investigate the operation of the Act to ascertain whether it is providing a sufficient level of protection for wild mammals, while at the same time allowing effective and humane control of these animals where necessary.

Written submissions were invited between 1 February and 31 March 2016 and could be sent either by post or email.


Nearly 300 written submissions were received. These submissions, along with the name of the organisation and/or individual submitting it, were made public unless otherwise requested. The Written Submissions were published on 24 October 2016.


After considering the written submissions received, Lord Bonomy submitted recommendations to improve the operation of the Act. These are included in the Report of the Review of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002, which was published on 21 November 2016.


Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham announced, on 31 January 2017, that the operation and enforcement of the Act would be strengthened.

Read the full news release

Stakeholder Group

On 20 June 2017, the Scottish Government announced the appointment of retired Deputy Chief Constable Ruaraidh Nicolson to lead a stakeholder group to develop a new code of practice for hunting and to consider the feasibility of monitoring.  If viable, these will be implemented on a non-statutory basis with statutory underpinning remaining an option should it be considered necessary.

The inaugural meeting will take place in early July.


A public consultation was launched on 6 October 2017, seeking views on Lord Bonomy's recommendations for improvements to the operation of the 2002 Act. The consultation closed on 31 January 2018.

View the published responses to this consultation

Read the consultation analysis report (published on 29 June 2018)


Rt Hon Lord Bonomy