Monthly Archives: April 2013

An early spotted flycatcher, and wrap-around birdsong

I’ve just had a lovely morning in the garden. The fact that six drills of second earlies are now in the ground (Charlotte and Kestrel for those interested) was secondary to the enjoyment of working among wrap-around bird song. The … Continue reading

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Signs of spring, and a mystery plucking post

    Continuing  my 2011/12 wildlife survey of a Highland Perthshire estate   Weather-wise, Saturday 28 April was a fine sunny day with no wind, and I was pleased to see when I parked at the farm that nine or … Continue reading

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A hard trek in the country

    Continuing the reports on my 2011/2012 wildlife survey on a Highland Perthshire estate, this time a visit to part of the estate I’d rather have missed out.   Monday 23 April 2012.  Weather:  A mix of cloud, showers … Continue reading

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Seminar on general licences in Scotland

Representing the National Wildlife Crime Unit, and with my colleague, PC Charlie Everitt, I attended an interesting seminar on Wednesday past, consulting on the best wording and most appropriate conditions for the general licences in Scotland from 2014 onward. Though … Continue reading

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Reporting wildlife crime

This is a chapter from my book Wildlife and the Law. Though the book covers wildlife crime in Scotland the principles of reporting it will be similar elsewhere Police have a duty to investigate crime and all forces have an … Continue reading

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Wild bird egg thieves – the police response

The taking and collecting of wild birds’ eggs in the 21st century is an indulgence of fanatics. No long do schoolboys collect eggs of common birds, though in fairness in the days before the fascinating and informative wildlife TV productions … Continue reading

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An amazing estate for juniper

Continuing my walk during the wildlife survey of a Highland Perthshire estate in 2011/2012 Monday 9 April 2012.  Weather:  Dull with a few light showers I’d only a short time available this morning but returned on Thursday 12 April to … Continue reading

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