Author Archives: wildlifedetective

An obsessive hare courser

Now that we are in the second half of July and the harvesting of grain has started, the dreaded scourge of hare coursing will become more common. Already I have seen a report from England of a farmer being beaten … Continue reading

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‘Pest’ control practices filmed in the Peak District National Park – analysis

Alerted by an article in The Mirror newspaper and other sources I watched a short film put together by a group known as the Hunt Investigation Team. This team had been filming covertly on Moscar Estate, a grouse moor in … Continue reading

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SNH Events – A Walk on a sporting estate in Glen Isla – comment

I note from my copy of Scottish Wildlife Trust Events and Activities July – November 2017 the following event: Sun 30 July, 2.00pm – 4.00pm Glen Isla Sporting Estate Visit A guided visit to a sporting estate in Glen Isla … Continue reading

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The latest raptor persecution incident and comment on ‘pest’ control

Reported by many sources was the trapping of a buzzard on the south slopes of Beinn Bhreac, which is in the Monadhliaths in Inverness-shire.  The RSPB report stated this is a grouse moor, which comes as no surprise, though the … Continue reading

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Shot short-eared owl at Leadhills – comment

So another bird of prey has been shot on Leadhills Estate, Biggar. This time it was a short-eared owl, shot in broad daylight at 11.45 on 31 May by a man whose description was given by a witness and who … Continue reading

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A blackbird with a penchant for building nests.

It’s a while since I’ve written about what is happening in the garden. We’ve had a young red squirrel for the past 10 days. This is the first this year so I hope it stays. It seems very settled and … Continue reading

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Blame the anti-grouse shooting activists (or are they extremists?)

I read the other day an article written by Tim Baynes, director of Scottish Land and Estates’ Scottish Moorland Forum and published in the summer 2016 edition of a magazine I somehow have completely missed on the shelves of bookshops: … Continue reading

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