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News - SC Alan Marwood's Blog

Special Constable Alan Marwood from the Nottinghamshire Rural Proactive Team provides an inside in to legal issues around wildlife.
Autumn News Update
27th September 2017
As we pass the Autumn Equinox and the nights now start to lengthen, autumns bountiful larder gives our wildlife chance to prepare for the winter ahead. We see deer becoming that bit bolder taking fruit and shoots, pigeons wheel across rape fields, and stubble, providing food until the mantle of winter forces them to retreat to the towns.
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Late Summer Update
07th September 2017
Another update and some advice from the Nottinghamshire Police Pto-Active Rural Crime Team by Special Constable Alan Marwood.
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Some Thoughts on Summer
11th May 2017
The first shallows of summer are surely with us and spring is nothing but a memory as Sumner blooms.

The Notts Police Pro-Active Rural Team have been out with Notts Fire Service, spreading the word about rural arson and fire prevention. We are keeping the impetus going across the summer, and the key objective is to reduce all rural fires which are devastating to farmers and pose a real problem for the police and fire service.
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Spring Newsletter
04th April 2017
Spring is now well and truly here with the hedgerows being alive with avian life, and the paintbrush of nature has provided the countryside with fresh colours.

We are continually out and about on our rural patrols, targeting off road vehicles and hare coursers that continue to plague our villages.
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An Update From the Police Rural Proactive Team
24th February 2017
As candlemas day passes and the season moves towards spring, wildlife is stirring. The blue tits and robins are starting the ritual of breeding, with frenzied activity in the hedgerows and trees.

The fishing season is closing and the deep dark waters will be alive to rekindle piscatorial life. Notts Police will be out with the Enviroment Agency to enforce fishing licensing and also to show its presence in the community.
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More From the Winter Rural Beat
24th January 2017
We sit in the month of January with Christmas fading fast, but with the promise of spring and new life. Notts Police Rural Specials are out in this dormant season making sure that those creatures are safe.
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Winter Rural Beat
30th November 2016
Now that winter is truly upon us, wildlife is slumbering, and those animals that we saw throughout the year's cycle are foraging for food after exhausting natures Autumn larder.

Snow is yet to fall, but the iron grip of frost holds the countryside until the pale, wintry sun gives scant warmth to the solid ground. Nature is almost asleep. Hardy creatures survive and our waterways hold a cold depth of icy darkness where fish still flourish.
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Hare Coursing
16th October 2016
As the seasons move from Autumn to the mists and frosts of November where the icy fingers of first frost reach across the stubble fields, a new problem arises; that of hare coursing.

The Hunting Act of 2004 came into effect in Feb 2005 and made hunting of hares or any mammal by dogs or hounds illegal.
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Poaching
03rd September 2016
As Autumn approaches Wordsworth's poem of mist and mellow fruitfulness brings evocative images of fields laden with fruit, streams awash with trout, salmon and the hedgerows with pheasants partridge and other game.

This is the traditional haunt of the poacher, abound at night, padding silently through woods taking the odd pheasant to supplement his dinner table. However today's poacher is highly likely to be mobile, using dogs, snares and firearms to take game, with little or no regard for the conservation of our species.
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Protection of Birds
29th June 2016
Now that spring blossoms into summer our avian friends are working flat out to raise their young and despite cats, predators and the interference of man they make a great job of it.

The law protects these creatures and certain birds have very stringent protection, whilst the law allows others to be hunted, controlled or managed. Some birds are allowed to be hunted for sport; pheasants, grouse, partridge. These are classed as game birds, but taking them without permission or in a manner not prescribed by law creates the offence of poaching.
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Consideration in View of Wildlife - Badgers
03rd June 2016
Now that summer approaches in the wake of spring, please be aware of our most British of creatures, the badger. Churchill referred to them as our most "English of all creatures"

The Badgers Act of 1992 provides legal protection to these animals. Due to severe persecution of and cruel acts to badgers the law protects these beautiful creatures, but be aware it is not only covering criminal activities like badger baiting; you could easily find yourself on the wrong side of the law if you ....
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