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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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The missing waders (and not a raven to be seen either)

I was at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on Thursday to give evidence of opinion in a hare coursing trial. I travelled there and back by train, which is much more relaxing than driving.  It is also a great opportunity to see … Continue reading

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The Bleasdale Estate case and other frustrating news – comment.

I meant to comment on the Bleasdale case earlier but a decent spell of weather meant that my energies were channeled into getting vegetables planted and sown in my garden. For those who are unaware, the Bleasdale case related to … Continue reading

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Book review – A Last Wild Place by Mike Tomkies

In A Last Wild Place Mike Tomkies tells the story of his struggle to survive in often extreme weather in a remote part of the Highlands of Scotland where the only access to his cottage is by boat. In winter … Continue reading

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Listen to the birds

If you are observant and can read the signs it’s amazing what wildlife can tell you. Here are just three examples of listening and understanding from a couple of my books: On one occasion when I was detective sergeant I … Continue reading

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