Publication - Corporate report

Wildlife crime in Scotland: 2018 annual report

Published: 23 Dec 2019
Part of:
Environment and climate change
ISBN:
9781839604171

The seventh wildlife crime annual report, with new data from the financial year 2017 to 2018.

72 page PDF

1.9 MB

72 page PDF

1.9 MB

Contents
Wildlife crime in Scotland: 2018 annual report
Appendix 2A - Further information on COPFS Case Outcomes

72 page PDF

1.9 MB

Appendix 2A - Further information on COPFS Case Outcomes

*= data suppressed. See Appendix 2.

Table A: Outcomes of all fish poaching cases

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
No action 11 9 10 8 5
Alternative to prosecution 16 21 15 20 *
Prosecuted 33 8 5 7 *
of which convicted 23 8 * * *
No. of reports received 60 38 30 35 18

Table B: Outcomes of all other wildlife cases

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
No action 19 15 30 19 25
Alternative to prosecution 14 13 12 15 *
Prosecuted 32 32 18 25 *
of which convicted 24 20 * * *
No. of reports received 65 60 60 59 49

Outcomes by Individual Case Category

Table C: Offences relating to birds

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
No action * * 9 10 9
Alternative to prosecution * * * 5 *
Prosecuted 12 10 * 9 *
of which convicted * * * * *
No. of reports received 21 17 15 24 13

Table D: Offences relating to cruelty to wild animals

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
No. of reports received 10 11 * 8 0

Table E: Offences relating to deer

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
No. of reports received * 5 * * *

Table F: Offences relating to hunting with dogs

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
No action 7 * 8 * 11
Alternative to prosecution 0 0 * * *
Prosecuted 6 * * * 9
of which convicted * * * * 7
No. of reports received 13 6 15 7 22

Table G: Other wildlife offences

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
No action 6 * 9 * 5
Alternative to prosecution 5 * 6 * *
Prosecuted 6 7 5 6 *
of which convicted * * * * 0
No. of reports received 17 17 20 14 10

Offences relating to badgers

For the period 2013-2018, a total of 8 cases relating to badgers were reported to COPFS.

Other conservation offences

For the period 2013-18, fewer than five cases relating to other conservation offences were reported to COPFS.


Contact

Email: leia.fitzgerald@gov.scot