Monthly Archives: July 2016

The scandal of spring traps set in the open

Earlier today I read an RSPB news release to the effect that another wildlife crime on a grouse moor was being investigated.  On a driven grouse moor named as Invercauld by the chief executive officer of the Cairngorms National Park, … Continue reading

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Are these snares legal?

I visited an excellent blog the other day, Upland Exposure, the purpose of which is to expose bad land management in the Scottish uplands. It is written by ‘a couple of Scots who have lived and worked in the Uplands of … Continue reading

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Improving police powers in wildlife cases

When I began as wildlife crime officer in 1993 wildlife legislation, apart from police powers and sentences relating to salmon and deer poaching, was really poor. The main legislation, the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 had been operational since 1982 … Continue reading

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Proving crime committed against cetaceans

On yet another wet day when gardening is shelved I had intended to write a blog, but was wondering what might be relevant to summer time (summer time, try telling that to folks at T in the Park today!) Summer … Continue reading

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Friends of the great-crested newt

For the second of my books, The Thin Green Line, I wrote part of it based on cases investigated by my wildlife crime officer colleagues in other UK police forces. One such officer was Neil Hughes, the then wildlife crime … Continue reading

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