Monthly Archives: December 2017

The man who shot the buzzard – would he have been convicted in England or Wales?

It was widely reported in the Press and Journal of 12 December, and subsequently in other media, that a man had been convicted after trial in Inverness Sheriff Court the previous day for shooting a buzzard.  Keith Riddoch, an oil … Continue reading

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Scottish Government Wildlife Crime Report 2016 – first thoughts

I have just finished my first skim through Wildlife Crime in Scotland, the 2016 report by Scottish Government covering the financial year 2015/2016. It is welcome news that wildlife crime reduced by 8% compared to the previous year, being down … Continue reading

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Licensing of shooting estates – comment

At a meeting of the SNP’s National Council in Perth on Saturday 2 December there was a vote to support the establishment of a licensing system for driven grouse estates, in order to help to prevent wildlife crimes. This is … Continue reading

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