Tag Archives: PAW Scotland

Hen harriers: good news and bad news

So another satellite-tagged hen harrier has disappeared. This is extremely bad news, though hardly unexpected. I’ll come back to this later, but it is heartening to report some good news in the form of Heads up for Harriers. This is … Continue reading

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Improving police powers in wildlife cases

When I began as wildlife crime officer in 1993 wildlife legislation, apart from police powers and sentences relating to salmon and deer poaching, was really poor. The main legislation, the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 had been operational since 1982 … Continue reading

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School wildlife crime project – incredible drawings

I get many prompts for my blog from Twitter. Earlier today there were kids’ wildlife drawings posted (or tweeted, whatever is the correct terminology). When I was wildlife crime officer with Tayside police I ran a wildlife crime project with … Continue reading

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RSPB Birdcrime Report 2012 – some thoughts

I‘ve just read the RSPB Birdcrime Report 2012. Raptor crime remains at a disappointingly high level and it must be frustrating for those south of the Border that England and Wales (and indeed Northern Ireland) does not follow Scotland’s lead.  … Continue reading

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Culling a buzzard to protect a red squirrel?

I had a call from Mark Macaskill, a reporter for the Sunday Times, on Friday evening. He was preparing an article on buzzards taking red squirrels.  He quoted an incident, of which I was aware, of a Perthshire landowner, David … Continue reading

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Wildlife crime education for schools – funny out-takes from stories

I noted in the excellent website of Kate Macrae  http://www.wildlifekate.co.uk/ who is a lover of all things to do with nature, that she teaches primary school children in Warwickshire 2 days a week. Whatever the subject she teaches, I have … Continue reading

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Policing raptor persecution

My good friend Bob McMillan recently wrote an interesting article on bird of prey persecution for the autumn edition of Wild Land News, the magazine of the Scottish Wild Lands Group, see http://www.swlg.org.uk/a-national-disgrace.html    Bob was deputy chief constable in Tayside … Continue reading

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