A Scottish Gamekeeper poisoned 4 Buzzards on a South Lanarkshire farm

David Whitfield, who has a previous conviction for failing to free a buzzard he trapped in a crow trap, admitted poisoning all four buzzards with chloralose baits.

The 45-year-old sprinkled the poison around Coulter Allers Farm in Biggar, where he was employed as the sole gamekeeper for pheasant and partridge shooting, showed officers the carcasses of four buzzards in varying states of decomposition.

A coffee jar and a bucket containing Alpha Chloralose, which is also used to kill mice, were found at the farm.

Last  Thursday, Whitefield pleeded guilty at Lanark Sheriff Court to poisoning the birds.

Area Procurator Fiscal Tom Dysart said:”The use of poison to kill birds of prey is totally unacceptable. David Whitefield had a previous conviction for a similar offence and was well aware of the law and the penalties he faced for breaking it in this manner.

The complete story can be read here.

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