An influential group of MSPs will put the fight against wildlife crime under the spotlight today.
The rural affairs, climate change and environment committee is due to take evidence from senior figures in the battle against offences such as poisoning birds of prey.
Convener Rob Gibson said: “As awareness of the scope and complexity of wildlife crime increases, the committee is keen to hear evidence from those on the frontline.
“This is an important way that the parliament can support their crucial work to help protect Scotland’s natural heritage, including its raptors, mammals and sealife for future generations.
“The committee’s particular focus will be on the challenges faced by those responsible for enforcing wildlife crime legislation.”
Since 2011, ministers have been required to produce an annual report on the state of wildlife crime north of the border, including information on incidents and prosecutions.
Mr Gibson, SNP MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, said the committee wanted to hear what action the government was taking to move forward on is commitment to dealing with the fast-evolving and complex nature of wildlife crime.
Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham, Detective Chief Superintendent Robbie Allan and Patrick Hughes, head of the Crown Estate’s wildlife and environmental crime unit are due to give evidence.