Hen Harrier found shot to death on the Fettercairn estate in Aberdeenshire.

Grampian police are appealing for witnesses following the “deplorable” shooting of yet another hen harrier  found dead  dead last month in Aberdeenshire.

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Officers from Grampian Police Wildlife Crime Unit were made aware death of the rare Hen Harrier on Saturday, October 13, after employees at Fettercairn Estate discovered the dead bird.

The Hen Harrier’s remains were found on a hill track popular with walkers and the track is visible from the nearby main road over the Cairn O’Mount.

Grampian Police are appealing to members of the public who may have been in the area at the time of the incident and might have seen something suspicious.

Constable Gavin Lindsay, Wildlife Crime Coordinator, said: “It’s most disappointing someone has taken it upon themselves to kill such a wonderful bird. There are very few Hen Harriers in the north east of Scotland and for someone to have done this to such a rare bird is astounding.

“I appeal to all members of the public who might have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area on or around October 13 or who knows the person responsible for this crime to come forward and notify police to assist with our ongoing investigations.

“Gameskeeping staff at Fettercairn Estate have already provided significant assistance to the police in their inquiries into the incident and continue to work closely with them in the hope that the culprit can be identified and brought to justice.”

The owner of Fettercairn Estate said: “Since its inception in 2006 Fettercairn Estate has been a long term participant in the North East Scotland Raptor Watch project. As such it was particularly distressing to hear that a dead hen harrier was found on the edge of the hill land  and I join in the appeal for witnesses to come forward“.

The Environment Minister and PAW Scotland Chairman, Paul Wheelhouse, said: “This is another absolutely deplorable crime involving the shooting of one of our rarest species of raptor and I thank the Estate and Keeper involved for bringing this matter to the attention of the authorities which is in keeping with their positive engagement on wildlife crime issues. .

“We will not tolerate the illegal persecution of protected species such as the hen harrier and, as I have said recently in relation to another shooting, I am prepared to look at further measures to strengthen and assist enforcement if we continue to see this flouting of the law in respect of protected species.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Grampian Police on 0845 600 5 700, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.

4 comments to Hen Harrier found shot to death on the Fettercairn estate in Aberdeenshire.

  • paul williams

    Report reveals illegal killing remains ‘significant threat’ to birds of prey
    http://www.rspb.org.uk
    Annual RSPB Scotland report outlines the illegal killing of birds of prey in Scotland in 2011

  • paul williams

    Scottish Gamekeepers Hen Harrier cull has begun early this year!!!

  • Ged

    When a child goes missing and is never found dont the police almost always prosecute the parents?

  • paul williams

    3 estate keepers face trial for alleged wildlife crimes on Morvich Estate, Sutherland
    Thanks to the contributor who sent us a recent copy of the following article published in the Press & Journal (dated 28