Monthly Archives: January 2014

The bungling burglar

Often when I was writing my books on wildlife crime I was reminded, because of certain similarities or similar factors, of earlier incidents when I was involved in general policing, CID work or drug squad work. I had just completed … Continue reading

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School wildlife crime project – incredible drawings

I get many prompts for my blog from Twitter. Earlier today there were kids’ wildlife drawings posted (or tweeted, whatever is the correct terminology). When I was wildlife crime officer with Tayside police I ran a wildlife crime project with … Continue reading

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Dangerous dogs

I’ve just read an item placed by the League against Cruel Sports on Twitter that relates to pet dogs in Cornwall being taken and used as bait for fighting dogs. The article claims that dogs advertised as ‘free to a … Continue reading

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New book – The UN’s Lone Ranger

Advance warning of what promises to be a fantastic new book on combating international wildlife crime. The author is John M Sellar OBE, FRGS, who until he took early retirement in 2011 was Chief of Enforcement Assistance, CITES Secretariat, Geneva, … Continue reading

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Angry spouse syndrome

                    It is just a bit over a year (26 December 2012) since my good friend Finlay Christine died in his very early fifties. I was thinking of him as I … Continue reading

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Otter update, and a starving woodcock

I have had no more ducks taken by the otter, probably because I am keeping them in the shed.  I only let them out now when I can supervise them to roam around the wood, splash about in the burn … Continue reading

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Should keepers report rogue employers to police?

In today’s Courier (8 Jan) there is an article headed ‘Gamekeepers urged to report unscrupulous landowners’. The article is based on an interview with a retired gamekeeper Colin Gair. I know Colin and have great respect for the way he … Continue reading

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