Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed today’s publication of the Scottish Government annual wildlife crime report that shows recorded wildlife crime dropped by 20 per cent in the period 2013-14.
In welcoming the decrease in recorded incidents, the organisation said that momentum needed to be maintained and that government and police should continue to devote resources to the issue, especially in offences linked to organised poaching.
Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates and member of PAW Scotland Executive, said: “We welcome the publication of the annual wildlife crime report which provides an authoritative update on the range and volume of wildlife crime in Scotland.
“It is pleasing that there has been a significant reduction in incidents of wildlife crime across most different categories of offence. Working with government and police, I believe that the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) Scotland, through which Scottish Land & Estates plays an active role, is having a real effect on wildlife crime on the ground and we need to maintain this momentum that has been built up, with all stakeholders playing a full role in the partnership.
“We are also happy to see a large drop in the number of poaching incidents, which can often be linked to organised crime. We have seen a real focus on rural crime overall during the past year and we recognise police and government’s efforts on this. We need to ensure that resources are directed to tackling rural crime, and we are willing to play whatever role we can in helping government and police to achieve this.”