Monthly Archives: March 2013

Snaring in Scotland from 1 April 2013

  A reminder to all those who use snares in Scotland that from tomorrow – Monday 1 April – anyone setting a snare must have Attended and passed a training course, and received an accreditation certificate Presented in person the … Continue reading

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Egg thieves on Orkney – the Bumbling Brothers

I have just helped organise a press release for Operation Easter, the UK-wide operation to deal with egg thieves, formerly co-ordinated by me at Tayside Police now back in my remit at the National Wildlife Crime Unit. Here is one … Continue reading

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Fox hunting and hare coursing in Ireland

  I read somewhere (probably on Twitter) very recently that there are serious moves afoot to have hare coursing banned in Ireland. I hope that the process runs smoothly and speedily. One of the subjects on which I’ll be talking … Continue reading

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Partnership-working in action

  I wrote in a very recent article that few wildlife crime cases reach the court without the involvement of at least one other agency or individual, consulted for their expertise in some aspect or other of wildlife or ecology. … Continue reading

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Red squirrel mating ritual? Comments please

In the mornings last week, while it was still grey dark and the squirrels in the tops of the larch trees were silhouettes against the sky, our two red squirrels put on an incredible display of agility in what I … Continue reading

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Police investigations into wildlife crime

  Many will have read in the media about the case at Inverness Sheriff Court where a man pleaded guilty part-way through a trial to thirteen charges relating to wild birds eggs. Of those, eleven related to the trading, or … Continue reading

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White fallow calf again, and rabbits, rabbits, rabbits

Part 2 of this day’s walk during my 2011/12 wildlife survey on a Highland Perthshire estate   Saturday 17 March 2012.  Weather:  Mostly sunny and warm, though quite cold when it clouded over. Wind varying light to moderate. I continued … Continue reading

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