Online donations to boost reward for information about poisoned birds of prey

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Red Kite (Alive) by Edward Felton

RSPB Scotland has set up a Just giving web page after being inundated by calls from members of the public asking to contribute to a reward for information about the deaths of 16 birds of prey.

The conservation charity is responding to an outpouring of support from the public, many of whom have expressed a wish to donate money.

Police Scotland confirmed earlier this week that 12 red kites and four buzzards were found dead in Ross-shire. At least some of the birds were illegally poisoned.

RSPB Scotland is offering a £5,000 reward for information that leads to a successful conviction. An anonymous donor has pledged a further £5,000, taking the total on offer to £10,000.

The Justgiving webpage will allow those who want to make a financial contribution to the reward to do so. Any contributions will be added to the money pledged for information that leads to a successful conviction.

In the event that the reward is not needed, the fund will be used for RSPB Scotland’s wildlife crime investigations work to reduce wildlife crime and safeguard birds of prey in Scotland.

Duncan Orr-Ewing, Head of Species and Land Management for RSPB Scotland, said: “Our staff have been inundated with calls from concerned members of the public voicing their personal anger and frustration about this appalling incident and calling for firm action by the authorities against the perpetrators. Many have said they would like to contribute financially to the reward already on offer, and this Justgiving webpage will allow those who wish to do so. We urge anyone with information to contact Police Scotland as soon as possible.”

The Justgiving webpage can be found at:http://www.justgiving.com/wildlifecrimescotland

3 comments to Online donations to boost reward for information about poisoned birds of prey

  • Anthony

    Raptor Politics received this comment this morning. The sender wishes to remain unanimous but has supplied his contact details.
    Subject:
    Ride Kite poisoning

    Message:
    If I was the police I would be checking out anyone considering wind
    turbines on their land in the suspected area. Although nothing has
    ever been proven to my knowledge I have seen several posts before and
    heard people say about birds mysteriously ‘disappearing’ from areas
    before wind applications have gone in. No protected species – no
    problems with bird surveys showing up birds that will stop very
    lucrative wind turbines. This area of the Highlands is under siege
    right now from wind developers. The money on offer is huge and they
    and the landowners are desperate to secure planning approval. That
    number of Red Kites in the area would, I am sure, affect the success
    of such an application. It would be difficult to establish who is
    considering turbines as such activities would probably preclude any
    official application. As a fairly prominent anti wind campaigner in
    the area I would like this info to get to the police but feel if I
    divulge it, it will not be taken as seriously as it should be. Can you
    do something or should I go to them?

  • Terry Pickford, North West Raptor Protection Group

    It is really important for everyone who follows Raptor Politics and loves birds of prey around the world to donate something to this fund. Please do it today before you forget.

    The person/persons responsible for this outrage must be traced and brought to justice as soon as possible as a warning to others.

  • Anthony

    In addition to my previous post I would also suggest the police look at a wider area. Perhaps the area the birds will fly to, to feed before returning to more familiar ground. They should check out any potential turbine developments in that area – farms and estates. It is possible these birds are being poisoned well away from the poisoner’s land to avoid detection but to ensure that those birds do not cause a problem to any turbine application. If that is the reason it will be very hard to prove. The map of Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (Scotland) Scotland’s Birds of Prey poisoning incidents 2009 – 2013 and the most recent Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) wind farm map are chillingly similar. They should warrant further investigation NOW!