Monthly Archives: September 2014

A furry intruder to the bedroom in the middle of the night

A mystery visitor sneaked into the bedroom during the night. Our dog, Molly, heard it first and her restlessness awakened my wife and I.  There was a rustling at the window, but I thought it was either a bird or … Continue reading

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The disgraceful slaughter of mountain hares

I see that Rob Edwards has written an article in today’s Sunday Herald about the slaughter of 1500 mountain hares in the Lammermuirs. If a few hundred are shot for the food chain I don’t object to that but the … Continue reading

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The diurnal pine marten

It is heartening that pine marten numbers are increasing and that the mammal is extending its range further south. I got a phone call last week from a resident of Methven further up the burn from me to the effect … Continue reading

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McSlurry the Badger Criminal

It is a while since I had a badger-related post, so here is a story related to me by Joe Connelly, former wildlife crime officer with Strathclyde Police, and included in my book The Thin Green Line. The photos are … Continue reading

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Coming soon – Otters of the World

From Whittles Publishing, Dunbeath, Caithness, Scotland. KW6 6EY, UK T: +44(0)1593-731 333; F: +44(0)1593-731 400; E: info@whittlespublishing.com http://www.whittlespublishing.com Otters of the World Paul Yoxon and Grace M. Yoxon Head of Operations, IOSF; Director, IOSF The first book to describe all … Continue reading

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The hen that has had two very lucky escapes

I have replaced the five hens that were killed by an untrained (and untrainable) dog; in fact they have been replaced with six new hens that settled in quite nicely with the one hen that had the luck or sense … Continue reading

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Police wildlife crime officer training

I read the other day a comment from a person I consider to be a very bitter and out-of-date individual that the training given to police wildlife crime officers in Scotland seems to have been pretty much a waste of … Continue reading

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