Raptor Politics received the attached information earlier today and because of the serious nature and implications of what we are being told it has been decided to publish the question being asked by Adrian.
Raptor Politics, I hope you will take the enclosed information seriously because together with several of my colleagues we all believe what we are hearing is factual. When you recall the RSPB pulled out of their commercial partnership with Scottish Power after discovering Golden Eagles were being illegally exterminated to make way for successful wind farm planning applications associated with this energy company, the detail I am sending to you appears logical. At least you could do no harm by making public the question which I feel needs a reply. Do you think its possible there is a correlation between what we are hearing and that there appear to have been no successful breeding hen harriers at Langholm this season?
Let me put our concerns very diplomatically; is that right that the RSPB have pulled out of their partnership in the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project? I hear the latest tactics now being employed by some estate keepers up there to kill raptors is to sprinkle slithers of lead over carrion so it will kill these birds through lead poisoning so any birds found dead and subsequently tested won’t show up the usual poison residuals which have normally been used in the past to kill birds of prey. If these suspicions turn out to have a factual base then it’s not only sick, but why are the public hearing nothing from the RSPB?