Wildlife crime in Scotland: 2015 annual report

The fourth wildlife crime annual report, this highlights new data from the financial year 2014 to 2015.

Appendix 1 - Offence Categories and Legislation

This Appendix provides further detail on the offence categories used in the wildlife crime and court proceedings statistics in Chapter 2, broken down by the crime codes used to group offences and the legislation which includes these offences.

Offences relating to

Crime code (number and description)



51015 - Offences involving badgers

Protection of Badgers Act 1992


51004 - Birds, offences involving

Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981

Cruelty to wild animals

51014 - Cruelty to wild animals

Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 1996; Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981


57002 - Deer (Scotland) offences

Deer (Scotland) Act 1996

Hunting with dogs

51013 - Hunting with dogs

Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002

Conservation (e.g. protected sites, conservation orders)

73022 - Other conservation offences

Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004

Poaching and game laws

57001 - Poaching and game laws

Game (Scotland) Act 1772;

Game (Scotland) Act 1832;

Night Poaching Act 1828;

Poaching Prevention Act 1862;

Agriculture (Scotland) Act 1948

Fish Poaching

56001 - Salmon and freshwater fisheries offences

Freshwater & Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Act 1976;

Salmon & Freshwater Fisheries (Protection) (Scot) Act 1951;

Salmon & Freshwater Fisheries (Consol) (Scot) Act 2003;

Salmon & Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975

56003 - Possession of salmon or trout unlawfully obtained

Salmon & Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scot) Act 2003; Salmon & Freshwater Fisheries (Protection) (Scotland) Act 1951; Scotland Act 1998 (River Tweed Order)

Other wildlife offences (e.g. European Protected Species, CITES, attempts to commit offences)

51016 - Other wildlife offences

The Conservation (Natural Habitats Etc) Regulations 1994;

Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981;

Control of Trade In Endangered Species (Enforcement) Regs 1997


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