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PAW Scotland Wildlife Crime Definition

The following definition was agreed by PAW Scotland and is intended to provide a reference for partners. The list provided is not intended to be exhaustive, but to provide a guide.

You can also download this as a PDF below.

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Wildlife crime is any unlawful act or omission, which affects any wild creature, plant or habitat, in Scotland.

Including acts as described in:

  • Agriculture (Scotland) Act 1948
  • Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006
  • Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994
  • COTES
  • Deer (Scotland) Act 1996
  • Game (Scotland) Act 1832 (and others)
  • Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 *
  • Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004
  • Possession of Pesticides (Scotland) Order 2005
  • Protection of Badgers Act 1992
  • Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002
  • Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation)(Scotland) Act 2003 (and others)
  • Spring Traps Approvals Orders
  • Wild Mammals (Protection), Act 1996
  • Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

* This replaces the Conservation of Seals Act 1970, for the purposes of this list.

Downloadable document:

PAWS - Wildlife Crime Definition - as agreed by PAW Scotland in 2010 - amended in April 2011 to add Marine Act - PDFPAWS - Wildlife Crime Definition - as agreed by PAW Scotland in 2010 - amended in April 2011 to add Marine Act - PDF [PDF, 20.9 kb: 18 Apr 2011]
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