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.

In cases where there is evidence to indicate either the misuse or the deliberate abuse of pesticides, the results of investigations may also be used in the enforcement of legislation affording protection to animals.

Wildlife Management staff undertake WIIS field investigations involving the suspected illegal use of fumigation products, and provide advice to statutory authorities, such as the Police, on the legalities of traps and snares.

Annual reports on animal poisoning in Scotland from 1999 to 2012 can be downloaded from the Animal Poisoning Reports page.

Research Activities

There is an on-going requirement to develop and refine high quality analytical methodologies to meet demands associated with the introduction of new pesticides, to deal effectively with any concerns relating to existing pesticides, and to make analytical efficiency gains. 

Find out more about the analytical techniques currently available.

See also the list of Pesticide & Chemical Analysis papers and poster presentations.