Vicarious Liability – Letter sent to Andre Farrar (RSPB Campaigns Manager) by Chrissie Harper

Sent to Andre Farrar, Campaigns Manager at RSPB

Dear Andre,

To say I am disappointed in the RSPB’s lack of support for the Vicarious Liability is an understatement. I am sure that if it had been your idea things would have gone very differently, how glad I am that I decided not to re-join until […]

Scottish Gamekeepers Association to help save the Scottish Wildcat

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association is part of the new multi-partner Scottish Wildcat Conservation Action Group, chaired by Scottish Natural Heritage. The group will look, over the next 6 months, at a range of national actions designed to save the wildcat.   […]

Scottish Golden Eagles found poisoned or shot in just the last 22 years – shocking statistics.

Between 1989 and 2011, 29 golden eagles are known to have been poisoned together with another 17 which have died as a result of shooting – mostly on sporting estates. We know only too well this is just the small tip of a very large iceberg.

We feel the Scottish Government should and must now […]

Golden Eagle found dead on Deeside Nr Aboyne

RSPB Scotland has today [24th September 2012] issued an appeal and a reward for information following the discovery of the body of a Golden Eagle on Deeside. The bird, fitted with a satellite transmitter, was found on 5th May 2012, after signals sent by the transmitter indicated that the bird had not moved for […]

RSPB Scotland praised for harrier work on Orkney

RSPB Scotland has received a special commendation at this year’s Watson Raptor Science Prize for its pioneering work on Orkney’s Hen Harrier population. The study, which looked at the impacts of sheep grazing on the birds and their prey, showed that hill farming can play a fundamental role in assisting the fortunes of one […]

Osprey Migration – the trials and tribulations of this remarkable event.

Stan is a male osprey who after being fitted with a satellite transmitter as a chick at a nest somewhere in the Findhorn region of eastern Scotland finally left his his tree top eyire at 10.30 on 12th September 2012 setting out on his first southerly migration to Africa. 

After flying across the Cairngorm mountains, […]

‘Double standards’ over wildlife crime, claims Scottish gamekeepers

Gamekeepers are being prosecuted for wildlife crime while conservationists escape punishment for more serious offences thanks to “unacceptable double standards” by the countryside quango, it was claimed. Gamekeepers have questioned why the authorities are allowing illegally-released beavers to flourish in the wild.

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Tagged hen harriers on the move

Dr. Cat Barlow, an educationalist and ecologist specialising in upland habitats based at the offices of the Langholm Initiative in Langholm reports in her blog that two hen harriers are on the move: a male is heading South towards County Durham, and a female is heading North.

You can find more details on Cat’s blog  – Making […]

‘Rescue Centre’ owner gets life ban for kicking birds of prey

William MacKenzie, aged 68, of Boscobel Drive Shrewsbury was given a lifetime ban earlier this week after being found guilty of nine animal welfare charges brought against him by the RSPCA. MacKenzie can be seen kicking owls in this video.

The BBC did an item on MacKenzie in 2009 in which he says his interest […]

Mark Avery and the Hen Harrier Disaster

Mark Avery writes in his blog today about what happens when ‘the authorities’ pursue their own agenda rather than doing the right thing. I expect many were as shocked as I was by the extent of the cover-up to hide what really happened at Hillsborough; it seems the police were happy to let blame lie […]