Monthly Archives: March 2016

Foxhunting incident from Scottish Borders – some thoughts

  Yesterday’s report by BBC Scotland featuring alleged criminal activity by a mounted fox hunt in the Scottish Borders must have disgusted all who watched it ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-35922013 ) I for one was not surprised at the incident, filmed covertly … Continue reading

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Some less common birds from my garden

With the better weather last week I was a bit more active in the garden, (mostly) remembering to carry my pocket digital camera in my trouser pocket. Unfortunately I have lost count of the more unusual photos – including a … Continue reading

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Glenogil Estate fox snaring case – some thoughts

Having been involved in many wildlife crime investigations on Glenogil Estate, Angus, while wildlife crime officer with Tayside Police I note with interest that a case submitted by SSPCA officers has not been proceeded with by the Crown. The case … Continue reading

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And then there were two…..

My most recent blog related the story of one of our hens being picked around the vent to such an extent I had to put it down. The following day my wife and I had time to sit and watch … Continue reading

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Bloody hens – again!

I have written about this before (11 September 2015) but I get really frustrated when one of my hens is getting pecked and bullied by the rest. We were down to four, since two were earlier pecked at the vent … Continue reading

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Shooting a red deer calf on BBC series ‘Lady Lairds’

From time to time I see a wildlife law query on Twitter to which I sometimes respond. I may know the answer but more and more now that I have retired and not dealing with the law on a daily … Continue reading

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A successful bat case and a dismal failure

On 07 March at Derby Crown Court, the first ever Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) order for offences relating the destruction of a bat roost was made. A company, Isar Enterprises Ltd, was fined £3000 and ordered to pay £2000 … Continue reading

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