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Wildlife Management

Example of eagle predation of lambScientific advice and technical expertise are provided to Scottish Government (Agriculture, Food and Rural Communities Directorate, and Environment and Forestry Directorate) where conflict arises between mammalian and avian wildlife, agriculture, fisheries and game.  Advice relates to policy matters, changes in UK or EC legislation, licensing advice to SNH regarding the killing and taking of pro

Analytical Techniques Currently Available

The following analytical techniques are currently available at SASA:

Wildlife Crime

Wildlife crime manifests itself in many ways from the illegal international trade in wildlife to the deliberate persecution of animals.  Investigating wildlife crime often requires an unusual set of forensic tools, and here at SASA we have expertise relating to chemical analysis of suspected animal poisoning, and also wildlife DNA forensics.

Reporting and Follow-up Action

How SASA reports on incidents and what follow-up action might be taken

Field information and residue data are assessed, and where possible incidents of poisoning attributed to one of the following categories of use:

Approved use




Veterinary use

Laboratory Investigations

Covering post mortem examinations and pesticide analysis

Post Mortem Examination

Post mortem examination is an essential element of the investigation. Other causes of death that may be unrelated to possible exposure to a pesticide can be identified, eliminating the requirement for analysis. Alternatively evidence consistent with poisoning being the cause of death may be gained, and appropriate tissue samples taken for analysis

How To Report Pesticide Incidents

Information on how to go about reporting pesticide incidents

Animals (Wildlife & Pets)

Incidents of suspected poisoning of animals in Scotland involving;

  • Wild birds and mammals
  • Companion animals
  • Livestock
  • Honeybees

should be notified to the WIIS scheme operated at SASA on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Samples may be submitted to the scheme by;

Field Investigations

Field investigations are often only triggered following the identification of a specific pesticide as the likely cause of poisoning. However field investigations may be initiated following either notification, or after post-mortem examination, if sufficient evidence of pesticide involvement is available.


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