Monthly Archives: June 2016

Hen harrier persecution

The news today from RSPB is that yet another hen harrier has disappeared.  The bird was a female, satellite-tagged as a fledgling in Scotland in 2014, and her last known position was at the end of May this year on … Continue reading

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Arboreal vandalism – trees for peas

  A few weeks ago I had to stop my car for five minutes on a single track country road near home, the reason being that a roadside ash tree was being felled. I asked the chap stopping the traffic … Continue reading

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Wildlife cases frustrated by poor legislation

  I read somewhere the other day a query by a person as to whether a wildlife incident occurring by accident could be a crime. Of course accidents could not be considered criminal but unfortunately in some cases reckless acts … Continue reading

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A frustrating badger case

Almost all investigators have unsolved cases that come back to haunt them. In policing, whether wildlife crime or crime in general, the identity of the person (or group) committing the offence is generally known to the officer, albeit there may … Continue reading

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The scourge of raptor persecution – again

The Moy area of Scotland is synonymous with raptor persecution. According to a BBC news report wildlife crime officers from Police Scotland are now investigating yet more bird of prey persecution incidents. These relate to late May, when four buzzard … Continue reading

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Crime on grouse moors yet again

Grouse moors have been the subject of social media attention this week for all the wrong reasons. Firstly I read of a gas gun being deployed on the Peak District National Park. It is claimed to be on Broomhead Estate, … Continue reading

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