Scotland is far from perfect on Raptor Crime but it is trying. England is doing the opposite.


From anandprasa

References to Scotland from ‘A report on the scale of wildlife crime in England and Wales’:

‘As a coalition we are concerned that levels of wildlife crime in England and Wales are not recorded or reported upon in the same manner as in Scotland.’

‘In 2011, provisions of the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act amended the Wildlife and Countryside Act and placed a duty on Scottish ministers to produce an annual wildlife crime report.’

‘The Sentencing Council for Scotland are, however, engaged in the process of producing a wildlife crime guideline. We will liaise with Scottish Environment Link, anticipating that Scottish guidance might readily be transposed into guidance for England and Wales. ‘

‘Since 2011, Scotland has required that seals can only be taken under licence; this change in legislation has not been mirrored in England and Wales.’

Matters to be addressed

• Development of a Wildlife Crime App (like that produced by Partnership for Action against Wildlife crime in Scotland) and other guidance for reporting adequate details of marine mammal wildlife crime.’

We are calling on the [UK] government to:

• Introduce a system of licensing for driven grouse shooting [Highly likely to be recommended in Scotland in upcoming Werritty Report]

• Extend the independent review of grouse moor management underway in Scotland, to the rest of the UK

• Ensure shoot owners and managers can be held accountable for the actions of their gamekeepers by extending the vicarious liability legislation employed in Scotland to the rest of the UK.’

‘Reporting of wildlife crime needs to be made easier, utilisation of a “wildlife crime app” as adopted in Scotland is one way in which this might be achieved’

Click to access Link_Annual_Wildlife_Crime_Report_2018.pdf

2 thoughts on “Scotland is far from perfect on Raptor Crime but it is trying. England is doing the opposite.

  1. The Werritty report is slowly turning into a farce. Combine that with the apparent willingness of Scottish Natural Heritage to further the interests of the highly intensive grouse-shooting industry by authorising the culling of ravens just to see what happens and Scotland does not have much it can be proud about. A wildlife crime reporting app – please, don’t make me laugh.

    A single act would put a stop to wildlife crime almost at a stroke – ban driven grouse shooting. Introducing sanctions along the lines of Spanish law and the problem would essentially be solved once and for all.


  2. Thanks Anandprasa – that’s interesting info and I’ve seen it carried nowhere other than here on John’s blog. It is pretty encouraging that those engaged in protecting raptors in England and Wales seem to view Scottish efforts in this area as best available practice to guide their own policy formulation. Here’s hoping it proves highly successful and that, in future, fewer of these beautiful, graceful creatures fall victim to the cruel types who kill so many of them currently. (Frequently an economically driven crime – ‘safeguarding’ expensive ‘leisure shooting estates’ for the ‘enjoyment’ of the moneyed elites.)

    Whilst I’m here – quick bit of good economic news on business insolvency front. I realise it refers to a single quarter’s figures so doesn’t tell us too much. However, the guy from KPMG explains he interprets the figures as demonstrating some resilience operating within the Scottish economy. Lord knows we’ll need it if Johnson and Co. aren’t thwarted pretty sharpish and manage to drag Scotland further into their brexit mire. Link (Scottish Legal site) and snippets below:

    The number of Scottish companies entering into administration, receivership or liquidation has decreased by almost 35 per cent in the last quarter, according to new analysis by KPMG.

    There were a total of 158 corporate insolvency appointments in the three months to 30 September 2019 – down from 244 in the previous quarter and from 242 in the same period last year.

    A total of 140 cases involved liquidation, as compared to 232 in quarter two. There were 18 administration and receivership appointments, up from 12 in the previous quarter while 43 cases were HMRC appointments, down from 93 in Q2.

    Blair Nimmo, head of restructuring for KPMG, said: “With ongoing political and economic uncertainty increasing pressure on the UK’s retailers, there have been a number of particularly high profile administrations and liquidations in the last quarter, but our latest insolvency data offers up some cause for optimism.

    “The latest quarterly data confirms a relatively minor rise in administrations, with liquidations and HMRC cases both down. The data appears to reflect a growing sense of resilience from the business community.”


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