Tag Archives: Wildlife and Countryside Act

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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Wildlife cases frustrated by poor legislation

  I read somewhere the other day a query by a person as to whether a wildlife incident occurring by accident could be a crime. Of course accidents could not be considered criminal but unfortunately in some cases reckless acts … Continue reading

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Gas guns and hen harriers – some thoughts

I heard recently about the use of gas guns on grouse moor, allegedly used to prevent hen harriers from settling and nesting. I’ve never heard of the use of gas guns other than on agricultural land and if they are … Continue reading

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Ospreys at T in the Park – comment

Despite being retired I have had two contacts regarding the Strathallan (T in the Park) ospreys over the Easter weekend. One contact was by email; the other by telephone.  Firstly this is an extremely difficult situation. T in the Park … Continue reading

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Reporting wildlife crime

This is a chapter from my book Wildlife and the Law. Though the book covers wildlife crime in Scotland the principles of reporting it will be similar elsewhere Police have a duty to investigate crime and all forces have an … Continue reading

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The Brechin freezer (Part 2)

At the finish, I had a pile in front of me comprising a pine marten, red squirrel, wildcat, a badger’s head, kestrel, short-eared owl, barn owl, buzzard, lapwing, three swallows, house martin, skylark, greenfinch, wren and song thrush. The suspect … Continue reading

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