Two more poisoned birds found in South West Scotland

Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary are investigating the poisoning of a red kite and a raven found in hills close to Durisdeer in Dumfries and Galloway. Both poisoned birds were recovered from different locations in the Lowther Hills.

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20 Red Kites reported poisoned  throughout the UK in 2010

RSPB Scotland’s head of investigations Bob Elliot said incidents such as this put the recovery of the red kite in the region in jeopardy. The complete story can be followed here.  It is significant that Dunfries and Galloway is an area regarded as a hot spot for persection incidents according to the RSPB’s 2010 Bird Crime report. 

Footnote on this story:

Tuesday 8th November 2011

Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray has hit out at the “shocking cruelty” of the poisoning of a red kite and raven in the hills nears Durisdeer in Dumfries and Galloway.

The local MSP is warning of the impact on tourism in the area, as visitors to the Galloway Red Kite Trail have spent at least £21m in the region since 2004, with more than £2.6m spent by people who came specifically to see the kites.

Dumfriesshire MSP and Shadow Environment Minister Elaine Murray, who was involved in releasing some of the red kites in Dumfries and Galloway for the RSPB,  said:

“This is an act of shocking cruelty that puts the very recovery of the red kite in Dumfries and Galloway at risk. Instances of poisoning like this are a double whammy because not only do they do potentially irreparable damage to our natural environment, but so much of our region’s tourism industry depends on wildlife that illegal killing of birds could have massive knock on consequences on our economy.

“This is a huge blow after the great news earlier this year that red kites have been bred in Nithsdale for the first time in 180 years. People come here to see the magnificent birds of prey in our countryside and it is selfish and barbaric to use illegal poisons to target them. The police and RSBP Scotland have my full support in tracking down those responsible and I would urge anyone with information that could help to come forward.”

 

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  • Friends of Red Kites Information Event

    SATURDAY, 12th NOVEMBER 2011

    10a.m. – 2.00p.m. at Queen’s Hall, Hexham

    Come along and learn about our Tynedale Initiative.

    We are shocked by the recent RSPB Birdcrime report. in 2010 we lost five kites, which attempted to disperse into Tynedale from the core area of the Lower Derwent Valley.
    They were all killed by ingesting illegal substances.

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