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Letter (and book) to Michael Gove MP – ‘In hope’

One of the first people to buy my new book offered to buy another if I sent it to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment in the Westminster Parliament. This suggestion was also made independently by my daughters. I … Continue reading

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Heads up for Harriers: a good or bad initiative?

I listened at 0630 this (Saturday) morning to the first item on BBC Scotland radio Out of Doors in which Professor Des Thompson was interviewed by Euan McIlwraith on the Heads up for Harriers project. This project, initiated about four … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on wildlife crime and legislation for 2018

Well I wonder what difference 2018 will make to wildlife crime. I wouldn’t be surprised if we have a change of governing party at Westminster. Potentially this could make a big difference to making life more risky for wildlife criminals … Continue reading

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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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White-tailed eagles in Ireland

Since my visits to Ireland in 2009, when I did research on wildlife crime there for my book The Thin Green Line, I have taken a keen interest in Ireland’s wildlife, especially so the raptor species that have been re-introduced: … Continue reading

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