A second member of the Scottish Parliament, Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Labour, has now added an amendment Motion: S4M-04516.1: Date Lodged: 25/10/2012 to Nigel Don’s original motion seeking improved protection after the deaths of up to 11 golden eagles in Scotland since 2007 .
The number of supporting MSP’s has now increased to 32 and represents cross party support for this motion. Because the number of MSP’s has exceeded 30, the number required for a debate and is also supported by at least two of Scotland’s political parties, both the original motion and any amendment will be debated. Importantly, because parliamentary motions together with any amendments are live for up to a period of six weeks, this provided sufficient time for additional MSP’s to add their names in support of both the original motion and any amendments.
This was the second Golden Eagle found poisoned in Scotland in 2009. This two year old bird was found on the slopes of Beinn Udlaidh in Glen Orchy on the Auch estate Nr. Glen Coe on 7 June 2009 .
Motion S4M-04516: Nigel Don, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged:22/10/2012
Death of Golden Eagle
That the Parliament condemns what it sees as the recent brutal killing of a golden eagle in Glen Esk, Angus; considers that the golden eagle is one of Scotland’s most iconic species and understands that 11 golden eagles have been illegally killed since 2007; notes also that 2013 will be the Year of Natural Scotland; urges the Police Service of Scotland to ensure that police officers have the training and resources required to tackle wildlife crime effectively; considers that golden eagles more than earn their keep by attracting tourism to rural Scotland, and asks the Scottish Government to assess what further measures it might take to protect what are considered these magnificent birds.
Supported by: Bill Kidd, Kevin Stewart, Annabelle Ewing, Hanzala Malik, Kenneth Gibson, Claudia Beamish, John Wilson, Gordon MacDonald, Richard Lyle, Dennis Robertson, Rhoda Grant, Mike MacKenzie, Mark McDonald, Anne McTaggart, Rob Gibson, Chic Brodie, Maureen Watt, Nanette Milne, Bill Walker, Adam Ingram, Alison Johnstone, Elaine Murray, Brian Adam, Colin Beattie, John Mason, Joan McAlpine, Graeme Dey, Gil Paterson, Christine Grahame, John Lamont, Liam McArthur, David Torrance, Stuart McMillan
Motion S4M-04516.1: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged:25/10/2012
Death of Golden Eagle
As an amendment to motion S4M-04516 in the name of Nigel Don (Death of Golden Eagle), insert at end “; is further appalled by the shooting of another golden eagle in the south of Scotland; urges the Scottish Government to build on the initial work carried out by Scottish Natural Heritage in Commissioned Report No.193: A conservation framework for golden eagles: implications for their conservation and management in Scotland to develop an action plan for the next steps for golden eagle conservation in Scotland, and further urges the Scottish Government to use the Year of Natural Scotland as an opportunity to educate young people about ecology and the role of predators in a healthy ecosystem, especially since the golden eagle is identified by Scottish Natural Heritage as one of the five flagship species for this initiative.”
One of three Golden Eagles found poisoned on the Skibo Estate in Scotland