Tag Archives: The Thin Green Line

Friends of the great-crested newt

For the second of my books, The Thin Green Line, I wrote part of it based on cases investigated by my wildlife crime officer colleagues in other UK police forces. One such officer was Neil Hughes, the then wildlife crime … Continue reading

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The shame of disposable greyhounds

When I was gathering material for my book The Thin Green Line part of the research took me to Ireland and Northern Ireland. Since as wildlife and environmental crime officer with Tayside Police I took an interest in any offences … Continue reading

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McSlurry the Badger Criminal

It is a while since I had a badger-related post, so here is a story related to me by Joe Connelly, former wildlife crime officer with Strathclyde Police, and included in my book The Thin Green Line. The photos are … Continue reading

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The shooting of seals to protect fishing interests

With ongoing efforts by Sea Shepherd to protect seal round the coast of Scotland from being shot by salmon netsmen, the following, taken from A Lone Furrow might be appropriate: THERE ARE certain mammals and birds, loved by some people, … Continue reading

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Poisoned white-tailed eagles in Ireland

I visited Ireland in 2008 to research wildlife crime there for a chapter in my book The Thin Green Line. Reading today on Twitter that a further two white-tailed eagles have been found poisoned prompted me to re-read that chapter. … Continue reading

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The case of the disturbed goshawk (Part 1)

As part of my continuing reflection on wildlife crimes, I repeat here the first part of a story as told to me by Sgt Pete Charleston, North Wales Police (now retired), for my book The Thin Green Line. It was … Continue reading

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The seals of East Linga (part 1)

I watched an item on Countryfile last night about grey seals breeding at Blakeney Point in Norfolk. The footage of the pure white pups brought back memories of an incident that occurred in one of our most northerly islands. Since … Continue reading

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