Monthly Archives: January 2016

The endangered Scottish wildcat and the law

  Having watched the Winterwatch programmes the past couple of evenings I am always concerned about the almost-terminal difficulties in which the Scottish wildcat finds itself. There is no doubt that over the years it has been persecuted (though less-so … Continue reading

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The shame of disposable greyhounds

When I was gathering material for my book The Thin Green Line part of the research took me to Ireland and Northern Ireland. Since as wildlife and environmental crime officer with Tayside Police I took an interest in any offences … Continue reading

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The future of the NWCU – comment

The time has come round again to when the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) personnel do not know whether or not they will be funded beyond the end of the current financial year. Considering this is one of the most … Continue reading

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Rare member of the tit family photographed

Authors must cringe when they see a typo in their published work. Despite the efforts of four different proof readers of my latest book A Wealth of Wildlife my wife found two minor typos remaining when she read it and … Continue reading

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Poached, the documentary – update

In 2014 Andy McWilliam, Charlie Everitt and I from the National Wildlife Crime Unit, along with RSPB Investigations and others assisted in the making of a wildlife documentary on the strange crime of wild bird egg theft. I have been … Continue reading

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The Buttonless Jacket Gang

To start the new year, an amusing excerpt from my book Wildlife Detective – The Buttonless Jacket Gang Considering I was working in a city, poaching was more varied than that encountered in many county police stations. A call one … Continue reading

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