- 23 Dec 2020
This report is a requirement of Section 20 of the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011, which inserted a new Section 26B into the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The section prescribes that Ministers must lay a report following the end of every calendar year on offences which relate to wildlife, to include information on incidence and prosecutions during the year to which the report relates, and on research and advice relevant to those offences.
The report is divided into two main parts:
Chapters 2-4 contain evidence on the level and nature of wildlife crime and prosecutions, supported by additional detail where it is available and relevant. This information covers the financial year 2017-18, the latest period for which a complete set of data is available. Chapters 5-8 include information on activities and projects related to wildlife crime policy and enforcement throughout 2018 and beyond.