Wildlife experts worried about drone disturbance of protected wildlife


Police and wildlife experts across the UK have become increasingly worried about the wellbeing of some protected wildlife following disturbances caused by drones.

They have said that, particularly in Scotland, drones are being flown too close to certain sites which contain breeding birds and protected species.

The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) Scotland has since stressed the importance of drone users understanding and following the law.

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It has said that some sites are given a special status which means making a disturbance, even if not done deliberately, a crime.

A report by the BBC on Friday described how the use of drones have caused seals to be chased into the sea, putting pups at risk of being crushed.

Additionally, the report went on to explain how some nesting birds have become panicked meaning they can fall off the edge of cliffs and into the sea.

Andy Turner, wildlife crime officer with Scottish Natural Heritage, told the BBC: “There have been several incidents involving drones disturbing seals at designated haul-out sites. Likewise, there have been anecdotal reports of drones being used to film seabird colonies and raptors.”

He added: “While the footage from drones in these circumstances can be very spectacular, the operator must be mindful of the effect on wildlife.”

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