Scottish Government releases second annual wildlife crime report

The Scottish Government has today published its second report on wildlife crime, which details wildlife offences in Scotland in 2013, including information on incidences and prosecutions during the year, and on research, advice and other work relevant to wildlife crime.

This report covers wildlife crimes offences from 2013, and draws on information from previous years where appropriate. Data is included from various sources including Scottish Government Justice Analytical Service, Police Scotland, Crown Office, the National Wildlife Crime Unit and other partner organisations.

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The report includes:

  • five year summary data on wildlife court proceedings and recorded crimes for 2008/09 to 2012/13
  • information on the six wildlife crime priority areas – badger persecution, bat persecution, CITES, freshwater pearl mussel crime, poaching and coursing, and raptor persecution – including incident data where available
  • updates from the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) Scotland
  • information on the work of investigative bodies, agencies and other partner organisations
  • details of relevant legislative changes in 2013.

The Scottish priorities remain for the second year as being:

  • Badger persecution
  • Bat persecution
  • Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna
  • and Flora (CITES)
  • Freshwater pearl mussels
  • Poaching (including deer poaching, hare coursing, fish poaching)
  • Raptor persecution

In response to the publication this morning, Duncan Orr-Ewing, RSPB Scotland Head of Species and Land Management, said, “RSPB Scotland welcomes the publication by the Scottish Government of this second annual report on wildlife crime, and commends in particular the Minister for Environment and Climate Change for the deep personal commitment he has made in announcing measures to try to tackle particular issues such as raptor persecution. It is clear, however, from the statistics published, that there continues to be a considerable threat to some of our rarest birds of prey such as red kites, golden eagles and hen harriers by a number of individuals who pay little regard to the laws protecting our wildlife.”

If you’d like to read the report (warning: it makes for pretty grim reading in places), it can be found here: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0046/00461141.pdf

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