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Wildlife Crime Officers visit local primary school

Wildlife crime and the effects it can have on the local community were highlighted during primary school visits in Northern Monadhliath area.

buzzard

Police Scotland Wildlife Crime Officers joined forces with Forest Enterprise Scotland after a buzzard’s nest on the National Forest Estate in the Tomatin area was illegally disturbed.   

Wildlife Crime Officers, PC Daniel Sutherland and PC Scott Maclean, undertook visits to primary schools in Daviot, Farr, Stratherrick, Foyers, Strathdearn, Carrbridge and Cawdor where they spoke about the different types of wildlife crime that takes place in the area.

PC Sutherland said: “Wildlife crime affects the local community - from sporting estates suffering from poaching and trap tampering, to tourism which relies on the sporting industry and the fantastic wildlife Scotland has to offer - so this was a fantastic opportunity to go into the schools and speak to the children about this issue.

The children also learned about deer and fish poaching, hare coursing, traps, vandalism and tampering with legal pest control methods. They were shown videos about the subjects and then discussed what they watched with the Police.

As part of the visits, Amazon gift vouchers were on offer from FES as prizes for a poster competition on the subject of wildlife crime. The top three designs were:

1st £50 Amazon voucher - Katie Elder - Daviot Primary School

2nd £30 Amazon Voucher - Kirsten Kortland - Daviot primary School

3rd £20 Amazon Voucher - Alec Forbes - Farr Primary School

school drawing

Giles Brockman, Environment Manager for Forest Enterprise Scotland, said: “I am really pleased that we were able to support these school visits.  Children love wildlife and their enthusiasm is evident in the poster art work.  The National Forest Estate works to ensure that Scotland’s wildlife is there for the next generation, whilst also demonstrating that commercial activity can still take place.”