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Helping bring poachers to justice

Help bring poachers to justice with the new PAW Scotland poaching and coursing incident recording notebook.

The British Deer Society (BDS) has managed the production of a pocket notebook laid out in a design that encourages the general public to accurately record poaching and coursing incidents. The BDS, which received assistance and co-funding from the British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and Scottish Land and Estates, will also help promote and publicise the use of the new notebook in a bid to bring poachers and coursers to justice.

The new notebook was launched at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair held earlier this month at Scone Palace. It has been released by the Poaching and Coursing Priority Group, a subset of the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime in Scotland (PAW Scotland) which was set up to fight wildlife crime and includes the police, land managers, conservationists and the Scottish Government.

Designed to fit into a car glove box or a pocket, the notebook is formatted to enable the user to record accurate and detailed information should they witness a poaching or coursing incident to ensure as much data as possible can be passed on to the police. In addition it encourages the witness to record the reporting of the incident and of the subsequent actions taken.
John Bruce, Chairman of the PAW Scotland Poaching and Coursing Priority Group and Trustee Director and Chairman of the BDS Scottish Council at the BDS commented: “The BDS is delighted that this new notebook is now available. Witnesses have been known to forget details or become confused about an event even relatively soon after it has taken place but the notebook means they can rapidly enter accurate observations, which should assist with the prosecution of a perpetrator. We encourage everyone to join the fight against wildlife crime so do contact the BDS to request your free notebook.”

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