Author Archives: wildlifedetective

Masked criminals with firearms – and salmon poaching equipment

There has been much discussion recently about the use of masks by people who, for a variety of reasons, want to conceal their identity. If a person is not breaking – or intending to break – the law why on … Continue reading

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RSPB Birdcrime 2016 Report – a mixed response

A mixed response to the release of RSPB’s Birdcrime 2016 report as was expected. The figures do look a bit better in 2016 with (only!) 81 confirmed raptor persecutions but game management can’t boast an improvement until these figures have … Continue reading

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The pleasures (and otherwise) on a walk along a country road

There is a narrow and very quiet country road near where I live and along which I often walk. There is never a time I am on that road that I don’t see something of interest, whether it be deer, … Continue reading

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The first conviction in Scotland for fox hunting – in 2003!

It is great news that there is a public consultation under way in Scotland to look at means of improving the protection of wild mammals. In mid-2017 a stakeholder group was established to develop a new Code of Practice for … Continue reading

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No court case for Hunt Investigation Team covert snaring surveillance

I wrote on 11 July 2017 of incidents filmed on Moscar Estate in Derbyshire by the Hunt Investigation Team. This undercover team had filmed a snare that may have been a locking snare and claimed they saw a badger in … Continue reading

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Book review: Shorebirds in Action by Richard Chandler

For those with a general interest in birds Shorebirds in Action is a ‘must read.’ For readers with a particular interest in shore birds you will be guaranteed to learn a great deal. Even on what may be considered simpler … Continue reading

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General licence restriction on Edradynate Estate – comment

So at last there has been a result, albeit, minor, against the catalogue of wildlife crime discovered on Edradynate Estate at Strathtay, Perthshire. Scottish Natural Heritage has restricted the use on the estate of general licences which give the privilege … Continue reading

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