Road Kill Reporting (Protected Species)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 31st October 2019.

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Photo of Claudia Beamish Claudia Beamish Labour

2. To ask the Scottish Government whether it has any plans to support local authorities to report road kill of protected species, such as badgers, to the relevant conservation bodies. (S5O-03694)

Photo of Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government encourages local authorities to report the road kill of protected species to conservation bodies, when appropriate.

Photo of Claudia Beamish Claudia Beamish Labour

It is helpful to conservationists to be able to check badger bodies for signs of illegal activity and to map populations, as illegally killed animals can be placed at the roadside to make them seem like road kill. Is the Scottish Government able to promote, or is it involved with, schemes such as the one in Aberdeenshire, whereby the local authority uses a location app called What3words to report road kills to conservationists? Such schemes can of course also be highlighted to motorists

Photo of Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing Scottish National Party

I am aware that t he conservation group Scottish Badgers collects reports of dead badgers, including those that are killed on roads. Anyone who finds a dead badger can report it via a form on its website or by email.

I was not aware of the Aberdeenshire project to which Claudia Beamish referred. She has made her point today, and I will pass it on for the attention of Roseanna Cunningham, who has the portfolio responsibility for dealing with such matters.