Table of Scottish Raptors found Poisoned, Shot or Trapped 1989-2011

In view of the interest in the table of Scottish Estate owners who have signed a statement condemning the use of poison to kill raptors in Scotland, Raptor Politics has now added a table of Estates and Regions in Scotland where raptor poisoning, shooting and trapping has been recorded since 1989. Raptor Politics accept that in view of the high number of dead raptors being found dead, the list provided in our view vastly under estimates the total number of birds which have  been killed or disappeared throughout this relatively short period. Raptor Politics would also like to point out that just because birds have been found dead on a number of shooting estates mentioned, this does not imply that any of these estates have in any way been involved in the deaths of any bird found.

1989

Location Region Species Cause of Death
Roxburghe Estate Border Buzzard Mevinpos
Carbeth Estate Nr.Blanefield, Stirling Buzzard Chloralose
Campsie Fells East Dunbartonshire Peregrine Mevinpos
Campsie Fells East Dunbartonshire Buzzard Chloralose
Langholm Dumfries & Galloway Peregrine Mevinpos
Creochs of Balmaghig, Castle Douglas Dumfries & Galloway Buzzard Chloralose
Lossiemouth Grampian, Moray Buzzard Chloralose
New Pitsligo Grampian, Aberdeenshire Buzzard Mevinpos
Old Meldrum Grampian, Aberdeenshire Buzzard Chloralose
Gordon Bush Estate, Brora, Sutherland. Peregrine Chloralose
Corntown Nr.Dingwall, Ross-shire Buzzard Chloralose
Dalwhinnie Inverness-shire Hen Harrier Shot
Lochcarron Wester Ross Eagle Shot
Golspie Sutherland Merlin Shot
Ralia &North Drumochter Estate Dalwhinnie, Inverness-shire Golden Eagle, 1 Female, 2 chicks dead in nest Chloralose
Black Isle Ross-shire Red Kite Chloralose
Islay Estate Strathclyde Raven Mevinpos
Islay Estate Strathclyde Buzzard Mevinpos
Islay Estate Kilbirnie, Strathclyde Peregrine Shot
Monzie Estate Crieff, Perthshire Buzzard Chloralose
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1990

Location Region Species Cause of Death
Cromlix Estate Nr. Dunblane, Perthshire Buzzard Chloralose
Cromlix Estate Nr. Dunblane, Perthshire Hen Harrier Chloralose
Rosehaugh Estate Black Isle, Ross-shire Buzzard Chloralose
Ledmore Estate Lairg, Sutherland Golden Eagle, Buzzard Chloralose
Hopetoun Estate Abington, Lanarkshire Buzzard Chloralose
Glenfernate Estate Blairgowrie, Perthshire Buzzard Chloralose
Grimerston Estate Isle of Lewis Golden Eagle Chloralose
Dunachton Esate Kincraige, Inverness-shire Buzzard Shot
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1991

Location Region Species Cause of Death
Seafield Estate Speyside Buzzard Chloralose
Rosehaugh Estate Black Isle, Ross-shire Multiple Buzzards Mevinphos
Dougarie Estate Isle of Arran Golden Eagle Chloralose
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1992

Location Region Species Cause of Death
Dalswinton Estate Dumfries, Dumfresshire Buzzard Chloralose
Invercauld Estate Nr. Braemar, Aberdeenshire Buzzard Chloralose
Dochfour Estate Inverness-shire Buzzard Chloralose
Cawdor Estate Nairn, Inverness-shire Buzzard Strychnine
Balival Estate Nr. Kingussie, Inverness-shire Hen Harrier Strychnine
Careston Estate Brechin, Perthshire Buzzard Chloralose
Over Cardney Estate Dunkeld, Perthshire Buzzard Chloralose
Glenbeich & Ardveich Farms Lochearnhead, Perthshire Buzzard Chloralose
Straloch Farm Blairgowrie, Perthshire Buzzard Chloralose
Dunachton Esate Kincraige, Inverness-shire Buzzard Shot
Headwaters, River Findhorn Monadhliath Hills Golden Eagle Chloralose
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1993

Location Region Species Cause of Death
Lothian Estates Nr. Jedburgh, Scottish Borders Osprey Shot
Aberarder Estate Strathnairn, Inverness-shire Golden Eagle Carbofuran
Glenfield Estate Nr.Ardgay,Sutherland Buzzard Chloralose
South Balkeith Farm Tian, Ross-shire Multiple Buzzards Carbofuran
Glenberg Estate Speyside Buzzard Chloralose
Ralia Estate Newtonmore, Inverness-shire Buzzard Chloralose
Woodall Estate Airdrie, Lanarkshire Buzzard Chloralose
Carruth Estate Strathclyde Buzzard Chloralose
Farleyer Estate Aberfeldy, Perthshire Buzzard Carbofuran
Loansfold & Blindswell Farms Perthshire Buzzard Chloralose
Cawdor Estate Inverness-shire 3 Buzzards Alpho-chloralose
Headwaters, River Findhorn Monadhliath Hills Golden Eagle Chloralose
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1994

Location Region Species Cause of Death
Cawdor Estate Inverness-shire 3 Buzzard Alpho-chloralose
Headwaters, River Findhorn Monadhliath Hills Golden Eagle Chloralose
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1995, 1996, 1997

No data
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1998

Location Region Species Cause of Death
Glenfiddich & Cabrach Estates South of Dufftown, Speyside Peregrine Carbofuran
Glenfiddich & Cabrach Estates South of Dufftown, Speyside Tawny Owl Pole trap
West Glenalmond Estate Perthshire *Golden Eagle *Yaltox
West Glenalmond Estate Perthshire Buzzard Poison
Corrybrough Estate Tomatin, Inverness-shire 8 Buzzards Carbofuran
Corrybrough Estate Tomatin, Inverness-shire Red Kite Carbofuran
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1999

Location Region Species Cause of Death
Kingussie Strathspey, Inverness-shire 1 Adult & 1 Chick Golden Eagles dead in nest Carbofuran
Craigmill Estate Moryshire Clutch of Hen Harrier Eggs Eggs Destroyed
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2000

Location Region Species Cause of Death
Craigmill Estate Moryshire Hen Harrier Shot
No Location Known Perthshire Hills Golden Eagle Poisoned
No Location Known Sutherland Golden Eagle Poisoned
No Location Known South of Monadhliath Hills Golden Eagle Poisoned
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2001

Location Region Species Cause of Death
Balmagie, North Castle Douglas Dumries & Galloway Red Kite Poisoned
Balmagie, North Castle Douglas Dumries & Galloway Buzzard Poisoned
Balmagie, North Castle Douglas Dumries & Galloway Tawny Owl Poisoned
Balmagie, North Castle Douglas Dumries & Galloway Sparrow Hawk Poisoned
Balmanno Estate Glenfarg, Perthshire Buzzard Carbofuran
Tillyrie Farm Milnathort, Perthshire 5 Buzzards Carbofuran
Cawdor Estate Inverness-shire Golden Eagle Carbofuran
Sporting Estate Scottish Borders Red Kite Poisoned
Various Sporting Estates Perthshire, Stirlingshire &Invernes-shire 6 Red Kites Poisoned
Balmanno Estate Glenfarg, Perthshire Buzzard Carbofuran

2002

Location Region Species Cause of Death
Turnalt Farm  (February) Kilmelford, Argyll Golden Eagle Chloralose
Turnalt Farm  (May) Kilmelford, Argyll White-tailed Eagle Chloralose
Morar Penninsular Nr. Mallaig, Western Scotland Female White-tailed Eagle Aldicarb.
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2003

Location Region Species Cause of Death
Morar Penninsular Nr. Mallaig, Western Scotland Male White-tailed Eagle Poisoned
Laurieston Dumfries & Galloway 3 Red Kites Carbofuran
Laurieston Dumfries & Galloway Sparrowhawk Carbofuran
Gargunnock Nr. Stirling Red Kite Poisoned
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2004

Location Region Species Cause of Death
Scottish Wildlife Trust Longhaven Reserve Aberdeenshire 2 Peregrines Poisoned
Abington Farm Estates Lanarkshire Short-eared owl Shot
Wemyss & March Estates Ltd., Peebleshire 20 assorted dead birds of prey recovered, including 3 buzzard, 1 Goshawk and 1 Tawny Owl Poisoned
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2005

Location Region Species Cause of Death
Blakehope Estate Nr.Jedburgh, Scottish Borders Buzzard Poisoned
Morsgail Isle of Lewis Golden Eagle Carbofuran
Cromdale Starthspey 2 Buzzard Carbofuran
Cromdale Starthspey Red Kite Carbofuran
Invercauld Estate Crathie, Deeside 3 Buzzards, Raven Poisoned
Clephanton Highland Red Kite Carbofuran
Letham Fife Buzzard Carbofuran
Crathie Aberdeenshire 3 Buzzard Carbofuran
Crathie Aberdeenshire Raven Carbofuran
Bonar Bridge Highland Red Kite Alpho-chloralose
Bridge of Weir Aberdeenshire 2 Buzzards Alpho-chloralose
Yetholm Scottish Borders 2 Buzzards Carbofuran
Frodgen Scottish Borders Buzzard Carbofuran
Elvanfoot South Lanarkshire Buzzard Carbofuran
Heriot Scottish Borders Buzzard Carbofuran
Heriot Scottish Borders Raven Carbofuran
Rait Perthshire Buzzard Spring Trap
Connel Argyll Barn Owl Spring Trap
Towie Aberdeenshire Buzzard Spring Trap
Kirkaldy Fife Peregrine Shot
Selkirk Scottish Borders Buzzard Shot
Denholm Scottish Borders Goshawk Shot
Currie Midlothian Peregrine Shot
Aberdour Fife Peregrine Shot
Sanquhar Dumfries & Galloway Peregrine Shot
Penicuik Midlothian Peregrine Nest Destroyed, chicks taken
Kennoway Fife Peregrine Nest Destroyed, Eggs taken
Braemar Aberdeenshire Kestrel Cage-Trap
Keslo Scottish Borders Kestrel Shot
Moffat Dumfries & Galloway Peregrine Nest Destroyed, Chicks taken
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2006

Location Region Species Cause of Death
Leadhills Estate South Lanarkshire Raven Carbufuran
Leadhills Estate South Lanarkshire 7 Buzzards Carbufuran
Dulnain Bridge Inverness-shire Raven Carbufuran
Carfraemill Scottish Borders 5 Buzzards Carbufuran
Blyth Scottish Borders 2 Ravens Carbufuran
Aberarder Inverness-shire Red Kite Carbufuran
Strathyre Stirlingshire Buzzard Carbufuran
Carfraemill Nr. Lauder, Scottish Borders 2 Buzzards Carbufuran
Luncarty Perthshire Buzzards Alpho-chloralose
Foyers South Side Loch Ness Red Kite Carbufuran
Dingwall Highland 2 Red Kites Carbufuran
Glenogil Angus Buzzard Alpho-chloralose
Glenogil Angus Tawny Owl Alpho-chloralose
Grantown-on-Spey Inverness-shire Raven Meninphos
Aberarder Inverness-shire Buzzard Carbufuran
Glenbuchat Aberdeenshire Raven Aldicarb
Aberarder Inverness-shire Raven Carbufuran
Rhynie Nr. Huntly, Aberdeenshire Peregrine Carbufuran
Galashiels Scottish Borders 2 Buzzards Carbufuran
Muir of Ord Highland Red Kite Carbufuran
Heriot Scottish Borders Buzzards Carbufuran
Bowhill Scottish Borders Buzzards Carbufuran
Innes Morayshire Buzzard Carbufuran
Morven Aberdeenshire Golden Eagle Carbufuran
Glenfeshie Inverness-shire Golden Eagle Carbufuran

2007

Location Region Species Cause of Death
Inverurie Pitcaple, Aberdeenshire 2 Peregrine Carbufuran
Callander Trossachs, Perthshire 2 Red Kite Carbufuran
Gairngorm National Park Tomintoul, Moray Red Kite Carbufuran
Dunecht Estates Aberdeenshire Buzzard Shot
Crieff Perthshire 3 Red Kites Carbufuran,Isofenphos,
Nr.Glenogil Estate Forfar, Angus White-tailed Eagle Shot
Galashiels Scottish Borders Buzzard Carbufuran
Galashiels Scottish Borders Raven Carbufuran
Glenshee Perthshire Red Kite Carbufuran
Greenlaw Berwickshire, Scottish Borders 7 Buzzard Carbufuran
Leadhills South Lanarkshire Buzzard Carbufuran
Wanlockhead Biggar, Dumfries & Galloway Red Kite Carbufuran
No Location Known Nairn, Inverness-shire Red Kite Carbufuran
Ayr South Ayrshire Peregrine Carbufuran
Aberarder Inverness-shire Red Kite Carbufuran
Elvanfoot South Lanarkshire Buzzard Carbufuran
Carron Valley Stirlingshire Peregrine Malathion
Logiealmond Perthshire Red Kite Carbufuran
Ballater Aberdeenshire Raven Carbufuran
Peebles Scottish Borders Golden Eagle Carbufuran
Doune Stirlingshire 2 Red Kite Chlorpyrifos
No Location Known Scottish Borders Buzzard Carbufuran
Crieff Perthshire 3 Red Kite Carbufuran/Isofenphos
Grantown-on-Spey Inverness-shire Buzzard Alph-chloralose
Grantown-on-Spey Inverness-shire 3 Buzzard Carbufuran
Howgate Midlothian 2 Buzzards Shot
Jedburgh Borders Goshawk Unknown
Kinghorn Fife Peregrine Shot
Isle of Lewis Western Isles Golden Eagle Nest Destroyed, eggs removed
Wanlockhead Biggar, Dumfries & Galloway Hen Harrier Shot
Wanlockhead Biggar, Dumfries & Galloway Short-eared owl Shot
Kirriemuir Angus Kestrel Dead in Crow Trap
Turriff Aberdeenshire 2 Buzzards Shot
Newtonmore Inverness-shire Buzzard Shot
Alford Aberdeenshire Barn Owl Caught in spring trap
Minishant South Ayrshire Buzzard Shot
Castle Douglas Dumfries & Galloway Red Kite Carbufuran
Elgin Moray Buzzard Shot
Sanquhar Dumfries & Galloway Peregrine Shot
Glenshee Perthshire Peregrine 2 Adult and young disappeared from nesting site
Glenshee Perthshire Golden Eagle 2 Adult and young disappeared from nesting site
Heriot Borders Merlin Dead in Cage Crow Trap
Strathdearn Inverness-shire Buzzard Shot
Dyce Aberdeenshire Tawny Owl Shot
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2008

Location Region Species Cause of Death
Culter Allers Farm Biggar, Lanarkshire 3 Buzzard Alph-chloralose
Eaglesfield Dumfries & Galloway 4 Buzzards Poisoned
Laurieston Nr. Castle Douglas, Dunfries & Galloway Red Kite Carbofuran
Glenquiech Estate Nr. Noranside, Angus White-tailed Eagle Carbofuran
Glenquiech Estate Nr. Noranside, Angus Buzzard Bendicarb
Lowther Hills Dumfries-shire Buzzard Carbofuran
Nr. Grantown-on-Spey Inverness-shire Buzzards Alph-chloralose
Nr.Jedburgh Roxburghshire, Borders 2 Buzzards Alph-chloralose
Nr. Gretna Green Dumfries-shire 4 Buzzards Alph-chloralose
Nr. Grantown-on-Spey Inverness-shire Buzzards Carbofuran
Nr. Tomatin Inverness-shire Red Kite Carbofuran
Nr. Leadhills South Lanarkshire Buzzard Carbofuran
Nr. Leadhills South Lanarkshire 3 Ravens Carbofuran
Nr. Grantown-on-Spey Inverness-shire Buzzard Alph-chloralose
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2009

Location Region Species Cause of Death
Auch Estate Glen Orchy, Nr.Tyndrum, Argyll Golden Eagle Carbofuran
Milden Estate Glen Esk, Nr.Brechin, Angus Golden Eagle Carbofuran
Glenogil Estate Nr. Forfar,Angus White-tailed Eagle Carbofuran
Nr.Stow Borders Buzzard Carbofuran
Tannadice Angus Red Kite Alpha-chloralose
Redmyre Perthshire Buzzard Carbofuran & Alpha-chloralose
Carfraemill Borders Buzzard Carbofuran
Nr.Dunkeld Perthshire Red Kite Carbofuran
Culter Allers South Lanarkshire Buzzard Alpha-chloralose
Nr Castle Douglas Dumfries & Galloway, Dumfries-shire 2 Buzzards Alpha-chloralose
Culter Allers South Lanarkshire 2 Buzzard Alpha-chloralose
Edradynate Estate Tayside, Perthshire Tawny Owl Alpha-chloralose
Strathdearn Inverness-shire Raven Carbofuran
Nr.Heriot Borders Buzzard Carbofuran
Nr. Ardgay Ross-shire Buzzard Alpha-chloralose
Edradynate Estate Tayside, Perthshire 2 Buzzards Alpha-chloralose
Nr Heriot Borders Buzzard Carbofuran
Glenogil Estate Angus 2 Buzzard Carbofuran
Leadhills South Lanarkshire Raven Carbofuran
Nr.Newmilns East Ayrshire Buzzard Carbofuran
Edradynate Estate Tayside, Perthshire 3 Buzzards Alpha-chloralose
Nr. Farr Inverness-shire Red Kite Carbofuran
Leadhills South Lanarkshire Raven Carbofuran
Glen Esk Angus Buzzard Alpha-chloralose
Delnabo Nr. Tomintoul, Moray 2 Ravens Meninphos
Ballindalloch Maray Buzzard Carbofuran
Nr. Heriot Borders Red Kite Carbofuran

2010

Location Region Species Cause of Death
Found in field adjacent to A95 Boat of Garten, Inverness-shire 2 Buzzards Carbofuran
Skibo Estate Sutherland 3 Golden Eagles Carbofuran, Aldicarb
Skibo Estate Sutherland Buzzard Carbofuran
Skibo Estate Sutherland Sparrowhawk Carbofuran
River Dunbeath Caithness Osprey Shot
Edradynate Estate Tayside, Perthshire Red Kite Poisoned
Badenoch Starthspey, Inverness-shire 2 Buzzards Poisoned
No Precise Location given Nr.Inverness White-tailed Eagle Carbofuran
No Precise Location given Black Isle, Nr Inverness 11 Red Kites Rodenticides
No Precise Location given Dunfries 1 Red Kite Poisoned
No Precise Location given Tayside 2 Red Kites Poisoned
No Precise Location given Highlands 3 Red Kites Poisoned
Lochindorb Estate Nr. Grantown on Spey Inverness-shire White-tailed Eagle After being located, corpse disappeared before police arrived.

2011

Location Region Species Cause of Death
Montquhanie Estate Nr. Cupar,Fife Buzzard Poison Suspected

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4 comments to Table of Scottish Raptors found Poisoned, Shot or Trapped 1989-2011

  • nirofo

    Only one thing I can say to this, is that all, WHY HAVE YOU LEFT SO MANY OFF THE LIST.

    nirofo.

    • Admin

      Raptor Politics only added the details we were able to locate that had already been published, if you have additional information (published) we have missed or could not locate we will be happy to add this information to the list. In particular if anyone can help fill in the gaps for 1995, 96 and 1997 this would be very helpful. Missing information can be sent direct to RP via the contact us form.

      • nirofo

        No disrespect Admin, I was just being sarchastic, not to you! There were so few instances reported in this list when everyone knows this is just the tip of the iceberg and doesn’t reflect anything like the true total of illegal Raptor killings.

        nirofo.

  • As upsetting as it is to go through and read this list it is even more upsetting to know that very little legal action will have been taken against the estates & landowners. Looking at the amount of poisoning that makes up the list it can’t even be argued that its all accidental, there is obviously an agenda.

    It caught my eye in 2002 a Female WTE was poisoned then in 2003 in the same place a Male WTE is poisoned. So that is potentially a pair eradicated, its disgraceful the female was killed but then for it to happen to a male the following year speaks volumnes that the laws are not backed up with action.

    A comprehensive nationwide list would be an interesting read and maybe have some weight with the authorities.