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Fourth wildlife crime case dropped by Crown – comment

An article in today’s Sunday Herald exposes a fourth raptor persecution case which has recently been dropped by the prosecution. The Crown Office has abandoned a case submitted by Police Scotland where three allegedly poisoned buzzards were found at Edradynate … Continue reading

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Brewlands Estate pole trap case – comment

RSPB Scotland have now released a second video recorded covertly by them which filmed a man setting a pole trap. The recording has been released since the Crown Office has decided not to proceed with the case. Briefly the background … Continue reading

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Abandoned hen harrier case – comment.

The RSPB press release of today’s date states that ‘court proceedings against a former gamekeeper, accused of shooting a protected hen harrier, have been dropped by the Crown Office, who have indicated that after considering all of the relevant material … Continue reading

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Nesting ospreys

I went this morning to check on a pair of ospreys nesting ten minutes from my house. I first checked the nest on 8 April and though the (presumably) female was on the nest it was not sitting and I … Continue reading

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The Importance of being Observant; an excerpt from my book ‘A Lone Furrow’

Good policing is very much about using your eyes and your ears. It’s about knowing what car is regularly parked at a specific location, or ought not to be on the go in the middle of the night; who is … Continue reading

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The cruelty involved in badger digging

Occasionally I am asked to write about a particular aspect of wildlife crime. The latest was a request at the end of March by the Northern Ireland Badger Group, who wrote, @wildlifeblog Would you do a blog on how Badger … Continue reading

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Tethered eagle owl on Lammermuirs – comment

I was interested in a story on the blog Raptor Persecution UK at the beginning of April. It appears a man with a quad bike and a shotgun was seen at the edge of a shelter belt on the Lammermuirs. … Continue reading

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