Author Archives: wildlifedetective

Update on our garden wildlife

There has been a small amount of rain today (12th July) at the end of an exceptionally long dry spell of weather. The weather has been too good for being indoors writing blogs and I have made much progress in … Continue reading

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Two red kites poisoned in Northern Ireland – comment

What a tragedy in County Down in Northern Ireland reported in the media just the other day. A female red kite was found dead on a nest, still covering her eggs, while the male of the pair was found unwell … Continue reading

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Theft of golden eagle eggs in Cairngorms

I was saddened to read that a clutch of golden eagle eggs has almost certainly been stolen from a nest in the Kincraig area of the Cairngorms. A lot of great work targeting egg thieves has taken place over the … Continue reading

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The Uists; a fantastic place for wildlife

My wife, dog Molly and I are on the last day of our week on North Uist. The birdlife and scenery are fantastic here, spoiled only by the random dumping of old cars, tractors and other machinery. Of the more … Continue reading

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Book Review – Understanding Animal Behaviour by Rory Putman

The author states at the outset that this is a book for the interested non-specialist. It is by no means light reading, especially in the first part, which covers the way in which animals perceive their environment and what determines … Continue reading

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Chris Packham’s interview with grouse moor informant.

That really was an interesting interview by Chris Packham of the person giving him what was obviously first-hand information of some of the criminal activity that takes place on many driven grouse moors ( see https://t.co/dSu7SGhQRy ) It corroborates what … Continue reading

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The tale of a drug-sniffing turkey

This short piece is an excerpt from my book A Lone Furrow. I had been writing about the schools’ wildlife crime project we ran in Tayside during the time I was force wildlife crime officer there. It concentrated on P5 … Continue reading

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