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PAW Scotland Bird of Prey Crime Hotspot Maps 2012-2016

Maps

Map 1: Bird of prey poisoning incidents in Scotland 2012-2016 shows the distribution of incidents of confirmed poisoning reported to Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) from January 2012 to December 2016.

Map 2: Bird of prey poisoning incidents in Scotland 2016 shows the distribution of incidents of confirmed poisoning reported to SASA for 2016 only.

Map 3: Bird of Prey Crimes Recorded in Scotland 2013-2016 shows the distribution of confirmed incidents of crimes against birds of prey recorded by Police Scotland from January 2013 to December 2016.

Map 4: Bird of Prey Crimes Recorded in Scotland 2016 shows the distribution of confirmed incidents of crimes against birds of prey recorded by Police Scotland for 2016 only.

These maps show incidents reported to SASA and/or Police Scotland, where birds of prey have been confirmed as the victims of poisoning or other crimes. Where several incidents have been reported for the same area, the number of incidents has been aggregated to show ‘hotspots’; the greater the number of incidents the larger the ‘spot’.

Map 5: Other Poison Baits, Scotland, 2012-2016 shows the distribution of poison bait abuse incidents which posed a significant threat to birds of prey, even though none were actually confirmed poisoned.

A PDF file containing all the maps, and additional background data, is available to download at the bottom of this page.

Note: Details of three of the four 2016 bird of prey poisoning incidents, and one 2015 incident, have been withheld for police operational reasons. The location of these incidents therefore cannot be included on the hotspot maps at the time of publication. However, the crimes are included in the totals published in the summary tables in this booklet.

Tables

Please note that the number of poisoning incidents does not necessarily indicate the number of birds poisoned. For a summary of the number of bird of prey species poisoned over this period please see Table 1 below.

Further background data and summary details of each incident are available in the downloadable PDF booklet below.

Further information is available in the Q&A about the maps project >>

Table 1: Birds of Prey confirmed poisoned in Scotland in 2012-2016

 

Year

Numbers of birds poisoned, by species

Buzzard

Red kite

Peregrine falcon

Golden eagle

Species
not yet disclosed

Total

2012

2

0

0

1

0

3

2013

4 1 0 1 0 6
2014

5

14 1 0 0 20

2015

3 2 1 0 1* 7

2016

1

0

0

0

3*

4

Totals

15

17

2

2

4

40

* As specific details of four poisoning incidents (three from 2016 and one from 2015) have been withheld for police operational reasons, the number of individual birds poisoned in the "Species not yet disclosed" column, and related totals, may be subject to change.


Tables 2a and 2b show a summary of recorded bird of prey crimes from 2013 to 2016, broken down by species involved and type of crime respectively. Please note, these tables show the numbers of incidents, not the number of individual birds involved.

Table 2a: Bird of Prey Crimes Recorded in Scotland in 2013-2016 by Species Involved

 

Year

Number of incidents, by species involved

Buzzard

Red
kite

Pere-grine
falcon

Gos-hawk

Hen
harrier

Osprey

Golden
eagle

Tawny owl

White-
tailed
eagle

Red
kite
&
Buzzard

Un-known

Species
not
yet
disclosed

All

2013

13

3

1

0

2

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

23

2014

5

3

3

2

1

0

1

1

0

1

1

0

18

2015

5

4

2

3

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

19*

2016

7

0

0

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

3

14

Total

30

10

6

6

4

4

4

2

1

1

2

4

74

Table 2b: Recorded bird of prey crimes 2013-2016, by type of crime

 

Year

Number of incidents, by type of crime

Shooting

Poisoning

Trapping

Disturbance

Nest destruction

Other

All

2013

11

6

3

2

1

0

23

2014

8

5

2

1

0

2

18

2015

4*

6

3

5

0

1

19*

2016

4

4

3

3

0

0

14

Total

27

21

11

11

1

3

74

* When data for 2015 was initially published in March 2016, a total of 20 bird of prey crimes (including 5 shootings) was recorded. Upon further investigation, one of the suspected shooting incidents was marked by police as "no crime" and has therefore been removed from the 2015 totals.

All data provided by Police Scotland and SASA

PAW Scotland Bird of Prey Crime Hotspot Maps 2012-2016 - All Maps & Background Data

Downloadable document:

Title:PAW Scotland Bird of Prey Crime Hotspot Maps 2012-2016
Description:Hotspot maps and related background data on illegal poisonings and other crimes against birds of prey between 2012 and 2016
File:PAW Scotland Bird of Prey Crime Hotspot Maps - 2012-2016 - All Maps and Background Data [PDF, 4914.8 kb: 27 Mar 2017]
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