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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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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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