Monthly Archives: October 2016

Evidence to Westminster and Scottish Parliament on driven grouse shooting – comment.

It’s been an interesting few days reading and listening to responses to Mark Avery’s proposed ban on driven grouse shooting and the proposal by Scottish Raptor Study Groups (SRSG) to licence game shooting. Many of the responses in favour of … Continue reading

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A visit to the Caledonian forest

We had a lovely break last week at the Grant Arms Hotel in Grantown on Spey. My wife and I, along with my daughter and her husband had three days in this 3-star hotel which specialises in catering for people … Continue reading

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Trapped cat on shooting estate – some thoughts

I read today on the Raptor Politics blog an account of a police investigation by Lancashire Constabulary into a cat that had been illegally trapped (see     http://raptorpolitics.org.uk/2016/10/14/21459/#more-21459 ) The photograph on the blog shows a cat hanging by the back … Continue reading

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Book review – A Year in a Ditch by J C Jeremy Hobson

A Year in a Ditch is a very attractive book, with lots of interesting photographs and helpful text boxes describing in more depth some of the subjects being discussed. In a chapter Fascinating Flora and Fauna lots of noteworthy species … Continue reading

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Appeals

I read three interesting appeals on Twitter and in the media over the past couple of days. One is an appeal for information, while the other two are appeals against conviction or sentence. The first, the appeal for information, related … Continue reading

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My evidence to the Westminster inquiry on grouse shooting

My background is as a police officer in Scotland. I was involved in various aspects of policing for 50 years, dealing with poachers in my earlier years and during the last 20 years as force wildlife crime officer, initially as … Continue reading

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