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PAW Scotland - Bird of Prey Crime Hotspot Maps - 2013-2017

Maps

Map 1: Bird of prey poisoning incidents in Scotland 2013-2017 shows the distribution of incidents of confirmed poisoning reported to Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) from January 2013 to December 2017.

Map 2: Bird of prey poisoning incidents in Scotland 2017 shows the distribution of incidents of confirmed poisoning reported to SASA for 2017 only.

Map 3: Bird of Prey Crimes Recorded in Scotland 2013-2017 shows the distribution of confirmed incidents of crimes against birds of prey recorded by Police Scotland from January 2013 to December 2017.

Map 4: Bird of Prey Crimes Recorded in Scotland 2017 shows the distribution of confirmed incidents of crimes against birds of prey recorded by Police Scotland for 2017 only.

These maps show incidents reported to SASA and/or Police Scotland, where birds of prey have been confirmed as the victims of poisoning or other crimes. Where several incidents have been reported for the same area, the number of incidents has been aggregated to show ‘hotspots’; the greater the number of incidents the larger the ‘spot’.

Map 5: Other Poison Baits, Scotland, 2013-2017 shows the distribution of poison bait abuse incidents which posed a significant threat to birds of prey, even though none were actually confirmed poisoned.

A PDF file containing all the maps, and additional background data, is available to download at the bottom of this page.

Note: Details of two 2017 incidents,  three of the four 2016 bird of prey poisoning incidents, and one 2015 incident, have been withheld for police operational reasons. The location of these incidents therefore cannot be included on the hotspot maps at the time of publication. However, the crimes are included in the totals published in the summary tables in this booklet.

Tables

Please note that the number of poisoning incidents does not necessarily indicate the number of birds poisoned. For a summary of the number of bird of prey species poisoned over this period please see Table 1 below.

Further background data and summary details of each incident are available in the downloadable PDF booklet below.

Further information is available in the Q&A about the maps project

Table 1: Birds of Prey confirmed poisoned in Scotland in 2013-2017

Year
Numbers of birds poisoned, by species
Buzzard Red kite Peregrine falcon Golden eagle Species not yet disclosed Total
2012 2 0 0 1 0 3
2013 4 1 0 1 0 6
2014 5 14 1 0 0 20
2015 3 2 1 0 1* 7
2016 1 0 0 0 3* 4
2017 1 0 0 0 0 1
Totals 16 17 2 2 4 41

* As specific details of four poisoning incidents (three from 2016 and one from 2015) have been withheld for police operational reasons, the number of individual birds poisoned in the "Species not yet disclosed" column, and related totals, may be subject to change.

Tables 2a and 2b show a summary of recorded bird of prey crimes from 2013 to 2017, broken down by species involved and type of crime respectively. Please note, these tables show the numbers of incidents, not the number of individual birds involved.

Table 2a: Bird of Prey Crimes Recorded in Scotland in 2013-2017 by Species Involved

Year
Number of incidents, by species involved
Buzzard Red
kite
Pere-grine
falcon
Gos-hawk Hen
harrier
Osprey Golden
eagle
Tawny owl Short-eared Owl Merlin White-
tailed
eagle
Barn Owl Red
kite
&
Buzzard
Un-known Species
not
yet
disclosed
All
2013 13 3 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 23
2014 5 3 3 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 18
2015 5 4 2 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 19*
2016 7 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 14
2017 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 9**
Total 32 10 6 6 5 5 5 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 6 83

Table 2b: Recorded bird of prey crimes 2013-2017, by type of crime

Year

Number of incidents, by type of crime
Shooting Poisoning Trapping Disturbance Nest destruction Other Not yet disclosed All
2013 11 6 3 2 1 0 0 23
2014 8 5 2 1 0 2 0 18
2015 4* 6 3 5 0 1 0 19*
2016 4 4 3 3 0 0 0 14
2017 2 1 2 3 0 0 1 9**
Total 29 22 13 14 1 3 2 83

* When data for 2015 was initially published in March 2016, a total of 20 bird of prey crimes (including 5 shootings) was recorded. Upon further investigation, one of the suspected shooting incidents was marked by police as "no crime" and has therefore been removed from the 2015 totals.

** Specific details of two of the ten bird of prey crimes recorded in 2017 are currently withheld for police operational reasons. It has therefore not been possible to include the location of these incidents on the hotspot maps. The maps and background data will be updated, where possible, in future publications.

All data provided by Police Scotland and SASA