Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement on the annual wildlife crime report published today by the Scottish Government.
Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates said: “We welcome the publication of the fourth official wildlife crime report covering the year 2014/15, and we are pleased that over a five year period wildlife crimes generally have dropped by 20%. We note that fish poaching, deer and hare coursing is still by far the largest wildlife crime category being tackled by Police Scotland and this type of crime remains an ongoing problem for our members. Fish poaching alone accounted for 36% of all incidents during the year. The second highest category is crimes against birds, including raptors, and we are pleased that the downward trend is continuing. Over the last five years there has been a very significant reduction and we believe this is due to a combination of efforts made by land managers on the ground as well as some of the toughest legislation in Europe.
“Scottish Land & Estates will continue to be an active member of the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime in Scotland (PAW Scotland) and will work with other stakeholders to further reduce all types of wildlife crime.”