Monthly Archives: April 2016

Man with harrier decoy on NTS land in Derbyshire

Having read the article on BBC news and elsewhere (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-36141199 ) covering the report by two birdwatchers of an alleged crime taking place on National Trust land in the Derbyshire Peak District, I am hardly surprised.  The birdwatchers had filmed … Continue reading

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Brown hares, lapwings and yellowhammers

  I have been driving on many quiet country roads local to my area in recent days. With spring-sown cereal crops coming through the ground the fields are now perfect for the scourge of the countryside: hare coursers. Hares are often … Continue reading

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Is poaching a wildlife crime?

There are many interesting though sometimes controversial subjects relating to wildlife and wildlife crime currently being discussed. Probably the most recent is the argument by some to have poaching removed from the definition of wildlife crime. Poaching in the context … Continue reading

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Operation Easter – Egg thieves still on the back foot

It was good to see yesterday’s press release on the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit’s website giving an update on Operation Easter                   ( http://www.nwcu.police.uk/news/nwcu-police-press-releases/operation-easter-2016-stopping-egg-thieves-and-egg-collectors/ ) The purpose of the operation was – … Continue reading

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Of nesting birds and a casualty sheep

It’s been a really interesting couple of weeks for seeing nesting birds. I seldom go out ‘bird-watching’ as such, and I have little interest in rare species that are unfortunate enough to be blown off course and grace our shores … Continue reading

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Still not giving up on hens!

You would think from earlier blogs I would have had enough of hens, but no, I’ve just bought more!  Ever since I was inspector responsible for policing in the Kinross and Crieff areas of Tayside and in 1993 visited Muirfield … Continue reading

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