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PAW Scotland - What's New - Archive 2010

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January

Wildfowling ban

Launch of fresh poaching and hare coursing initiative

How you can help us tackle wildlife crime

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February

Fife Wildlife Crime Co-Ordinator announced

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March

Clampdown on Medicines Made From Endangered Plants and Animals Hailed a Success

Changes to snaring legislation take effect in Scotland

Crimes against birds of prey

Easter crackdown to protect the brown hare

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April

North East Man Fined £800

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May

Report from PAW Scotland Training event: Deer matters for Police Wildlife Crime Officers and Procurators Fiscal

Investigation into the deaths of three golden eagles

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June

New testing methods

Further poisoning investigation for Northern Constabulary

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July

WWF Wildlife Law Enforcer of the Year Award 2010

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August

Fife deal a blow to the trade in endangered species

Launch of Tayside Partnership Against Wildlife Crime

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September

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October

Scottish wildlife crimebuster wins award

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November

Proposals Offer Greater Protection for Wildlife

Gamekeeper fined for planting poisoned rabbit

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December

Temporary halt to wildfowling introduced

Funding still available for wildlife crime projects

Pesticides disposal scheme launched

Temporary halt to wildfowling extended

Hare coursing operation makes a difference

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Archive:

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Hare coursing operation makes a difference

29/12/2010

Read the PAW Scotland news release >>

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Temporary halt to wildfowling extended

22/12/2010

Read the Scottish Government news release >>

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Pesticides disposal scheme launched

16/12/2010

Project SOE (Security in the Operational Environment) is launching a Biocides and Pesticides Disposal Scheme from 3rd January to 14th March 2011, across the UK.

More information >>

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Funding still available for wildlife crime projects

08/12/2010

Funding is still available for a variety of projects under the Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime (PAW) Scotland, its organisers have confirmed.

Read the SNH news release >>

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Temporary halt to wildfowling introduced

08/12/2010

Read the Scottish Government news release >>

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Gamekeeper fined for planting poisoned rabbit

17/11/2010

News releases by Crown Office and the NWCU >>

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Proposals Offer Greater Protection for Wildlife

03/11/2010

New vicarious liability offence proposed

Proposals to tackle wildlife crime by making employers responsible for their employees' illegal poisonings have been outlined by the Minister for Environment.

Read the Scottish Government news release >>

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Scottish wildlife crimebuster wins award

02/10/2010

Today (Saturday 2 October), WWF will recognise the work of a wildlife champion, with the announcement of the winner of its Wildlife Law Enforcer of the Year Award.

News release by the WWF >>

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Launch of Tayside Partnership Against Wildlife Crime

11/08/2010

News release by Tayside Police >>

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Fife deal a blow to the trade in endangered species

06/08/2010

News release by Fife Contabulary >>

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WWF Wildlife Law Enforcer of the Year Award 2010

08/07/2010

Who do you think is the best wildlife law enforcer?

The WWF-sponsored Wildlife Law Enforcer of the Year award recognises those individuals who have contributed the most to wildlife law enforcement in the UK in the last year. Please consider who you know that would deserve this award and make your nomination by 20th August 2010.

Nominations can be made by any PAW Partner, for anyone working in a statutory enforcement team that has a role in wildlife law enforcement.

Details and nomination form >>

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Further poisoning investigation for Northern Constabulary

04/06/2010

News release by Northern Constabulary and quotes from PAW Scotland partners >>

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New testing methods

04/06/2010

Chemists at SASA have developed a new analytical method that significantly increases the number of chemicals sought in suspected poisoning incidents.

Article by SASA for PAW Scotland >>

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Investigation into the deaths of three golden eagles

13/05/2010

News release by Northern Constabulary and quotes from PAW Scotland partners >>

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Report from PAW Scotland Training event: Deer matters for Police Wildlife Crime Officers and Procurators Fiscal

07/05/2010

14 Wildlife Crime Police Officers and one Procurator Fiscal attended a day long event, on March 19, prepared and delivered by The British Deer Society at Balmanno Farm.

The purpose of the event was to give advice and experience in deer related matters, including an introduction to a variety of firearms.

Read the full story >>

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North East Man Fined £800

19/04/2010

Extract from Scottish Badgers' Spring 2010 Newsletter

This sett [picture provided in newsletter] in an old sand quarry was the scene of the crime where a local shepherd had blocked entrances with stones and wire in an attempt to exclude badgers or trap them within the sett. The location near Sauchen in Aberdeenshire was the site of an old sand quarry and badgers had obviously been in the sett for some time.

Read the full story >>

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Easter crackdown to protect the brown hare

31/03/2010

PAW Scotland welcomes police efforts to tackle hare coursing

Police have sprung into action in a national crackdown to stamp out illegal hare coursing.

The national initiative is taking place for the second year in succession in a bid to pounce on criminals who exploit these endangered animals which are particularly vulnerable in spring.

More information >>

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Crimes against birds of prey

16/03/2010

The number of bird poisoning incidents in Scotland has increased, according to new figures published today.

Maps published by the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) outline the number and general location of confirmed poisonings in 2009, and cumulative figures for 2005 to 2009. A total of 22 poisoning incidents were recorded in 2009 resulting in 27 dead birds of prey including 19 buzzards, four red kites and two golden eagles.

Read the full article >>

Look at the maps >>

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Changes to snaring legislation take effect in Scotland.

10/03/2010

Changes to snaring legislation come into effect on 11th March, throughout Scotland. Snare operators are encouraged to make themselves aware of the changes to the law, which are designed to address animal welfare concerns.

Members of the public are reminded that, if they suspect that illegal snaring or trapping is taking place, they should contact the police and should not attempt to disarm or destroy the trap in question.

Read the full article >>

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Clampdown on Medicines Made From Endangered Plants and Animals Hailed a Success

05/03/2010

A UK inspired world-wide Interpol operation aimed at stopping the illegal trade in traditional medicines containing endangered plant and animal species has been hailed a success.

The UK's contribution to Operation Tram saw a multi-agency group, made up of the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU), Animal Health, the UK Border Agency, the Metropolitan Police, and police forces across England and Scotland, seize large quantities of traditional medicines containing ingredients derived from endangered animal and plant species.

Read the full article >>

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Fife Wildlife Crime Co-Ordinator announced

26/02/2010

Fife Police have created a new role to tackle the complex and often disturbing area of wildlife crime with the creation of a Wildlife and Environmental Crime Coordinator.

With 24yrs service Constable Ian Laing brings with him considerable experience and will co-ordinate and investigate the Forces response to wildlife crime across Fife area. Key to this will be the formation of a Wildlife Crime Partnership, bringing together a range of agencies with responsibility for the management and welfare of the Fauna and Flora of Fife.

Read the full article >>

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How you can help us tackle wildlife crime

19/01/2010

Individuals, organisations and groups with an interest in tackling wildlife crime have been advised they have a month to apply for funding to help tackle the issue.

The funding is available through PAW Scotland (the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime Scotland). Suitable projects are aimed at stamping out wildlife crime and can attract awards of up to £20,000 for the coming financial year and for up to 50% of the total project costs.

Read the full article >>

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Launch of fresh poaching and hare coursing initiative

18/01/2010

Launch of fresh initiative by Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Community Safety, to counter 'blight on Scotland's countryside', as number of reported incidents of poaching increases dramatically.

Read the full article >>

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Wildfowling ban

Update

18/01/2010

Scotland's temporary ban will end at 11:59 tonight.

Some problems are likely to persist locally and BASC, and others, are urging their members to take this into account and use voluntary restraint where applicable.

03/01/2010

Shooting certain species of wildfowl has been temporarily suspended because of the severe weather across the country.

Read the full article >>