On­line maps to help in fight against rap­tor per­se­cu­tion

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De­fra has pub­lished new on­line maps show­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion of con­firmed rap­tor per­se­cu­tion in­ci­dents. Sim­i­lar maps have been avail­able for many years in pa­per form, but the new on­line ver­sion presents a more user-friendly and eas­ily avail­able search fa­cil­ity.

The maps, pre­sent­ing the num­ber of shoot­ings, poi­son­ings and de­struc­tions be­tween 2011 and 2015, will be up­dated an­nu­ally and will en­able the po­lice to clearly see where the high­est num­bers of in­ci­dents are tak­ing place so they can fo­cus en­force­ment ef­forts in the ar­eas that need it most.

A spokesper­son for the Na­tional Game­keep­ers’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO) com­mented: “The NGO stands for game­keep­ing within the law and con­demns any wildlife crime, in­clud­ing any rap­tor per­se­cu­tion in­volv­ing game­keep­ers. We have made sure that the voice of the game­keeper has been heard at ev­ery stage dur­ing the de­vel­op­ment of these maps.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.gov.uk

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