Tag Archives: Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

The law on hare coursing in Scotland

Seeing the field of winter barley behind my house being combined last night I was reminded that we are now entering the busiest season for one of the scourges of the countryside: hare coursing. It might be helpful if I … Continue reading

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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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Carbofuran and the claim it was for use against rats!

A racing pigeon enthusiast recently convicted of possession of carbofuran he claimed he used against rats reminded me of a situation years ago when, as Tayside Police wildlife crime officer, I and a local police officer were searching for evidence … Continue reading

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Man with harrier decoy on NTS land in Derbyshire

Having read the article on BBC news and elsewhere (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-36141199 ) covering the report by two birdwatchers of an alleged crime taking place on National Trust land in the Derbyshire Peak District, I am hardly surprised.  The birdwatchers had filmed … Continue reading

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Illegal foxhunting in Scotland?

I read the other day that a number of foxhunts in Scotland had been monitored by the League against Cruel Sports (LACS), who claim that in many cases the law was being ignored. It is an offence under the Protection … Continue reading

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Time bars in raptor poisoning cases

I responded on Twitter to a comment the other day that there had been no prosecution in a particular wildlife crime investigation. The incident, which was the scandalous poisoning of a white-tailed eagle in 2008, is now of course time-barred … Continue reading

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Wild bird egg thieves – how you can help

  For the few remaining criminals in the UK who raid the nests of rare birds to steal eggs for their collection, the season is beginning.  Early nesting birds such as the raven and heron may already have been targeted. … Continue reading

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