Wildlife crime talk

OVER fifty members of Forfar Probus Club welcomed Mr Alan Stewart to the meeting last week.

Mr Stewart gave a very interesting talk on wildlif crime, with a large selection of excellent slides to illustrate the various topics covered in his career which came about following his initial retirement as a serving police officer with the rank of Inspector in 1997.

This retirement lasted all of six hours before he was re-employed as Force Wildlife Crime Officer in a civilian capacity, this lasted until 2011 when he retired from this post after achieving many awards including an MBE.

Alan has written three books on wildlife crime, with another in the pipeline.n Alan’s talk showed the results of hare coursing, deer and salmon poaching, egg collecting and quite gory detailed pictures of the results of poisoning wild birds of prey, including a white tailed eagle from Mull and a Golden eagle which was being monitored with a radio transmitter.

The talk finished by showing a selection of children’s drawings and paintings depicting wildlife and how we should preserve this.