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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 examinations are undertaken by SAC Consulting Veterinary Services, a division of Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), and are 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;

Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS)

Incidents of suspected poisoning of animals by pesticides in Scotland are investigated. The aim of the scheme is to identify any adverse effects on non-target animals that might arise from the approved use of pesticides. If the data gathered by the scheme, and sister schemes throughout the UK, indicate a particular problem, then the registration status of the pesticide concerned is subject to review by the UK regulatory body. The data are also used in the validation and improvement of risk assessments for existing and new compounds.


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