Scotland’s Environment Minister says ‘Wildlife Crime cannot be tolerated in modern day Scotland.’

Scotland’s new Environment Minister Dr Aileen McLeod has written an inspiring article on wildlife crime that was recently published in the Holyrood magazine. It remains to be seen in these words are converted into action!

WILDLIFE CRIME CANNOT BE TOLERATED IN MODERN DAY SCOTLAND

In the past year, between April 2014 and February 2015, almost […]

Police Scotland raid Stirlingshire shooting estate after peregrine falcon found poisoned.

Yesterday, 21st February, Police Scotland executed search warrants on a shooting estate in the Stirling area after a Peregrine Falcon was found to have been poisoned by the banned pesticide Carbofuran.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said;

“In July 2014, a member of the public contacted police to report a dead Red Kite on the same […]

Gamekeeper’s conviction for poisoning birds of prey ‘a wake-up call’, warns judge

Guy Shorrock RSPB Investigations Officer. The fine handed down equates to a value of £84.50 per bird A Norfolk gamekeeper intentionally poisoned ten buzzards plus one sparrowhawk and only received a 10 week suspended sentence plus a fine of £930. The conviction of Allen Lambert for deliberately killing 10 buzzards and a sparrowhawk should […]

RSPB reinforces challenge to shooting community after Norfolk gamekeeper sentenced

An RSPB challenge to leaders in the shooting community to acknowledge and take action against illegal bird of prey persecution has been reinforced after a Norfolk gamekeeper was today, 6 November, handed a 10-week suspended sentence and ordered to pay £930 prosecution costs in Norwich Magistrates Court after being found guilty on two counts […]

Norfolk Gamekeeper Allen Lambert of Stody Estate due to be sentenced today

Analysis found the birds had been poisoned with a pesticide

Allen Lambert convicted of what wildlife groups are calling the worst case of bird of prey poisoning recorded in England will be sentenced today.

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Majority of raptors poisoned in Scotland killed by illegal pesticide

Buzzard: Raptor found dead in the Highlands in 2014. RSPB

The majority of raptors poisoned in Scotland were killed by the same illegal pesticide, wildlife experts have revealed. Around 70% of 83 birds killed by poison since 2009 had consumed carbofuran.

The pesticide, which was banned in 2001 and made illegal in Scotland […]

Death of six turkeys not buzzards found in Fordoun, Aberdeen being investigated

Update-They were not buzzards at all, we are now informed they were turkeys. You should have gone to speck savers.

The discovery of six dead turkeys (birds of prey) in an Aberdeenshire field is being investigated by police. The buzzards were discovered at around 3.30pm on Wednesday (1 October) in a field approximately one mile […]

African Vultures are now more endangered than Rhinos

Africa’s Vultures are being Threatened By An Assault on All Fronts. Vultures are being killed on an unprecedented scale across Africa, with the latest slaughter perpetrated by elephant poachers who poison the scavenging birds so they won’t give away the location of their activities. In several West African countries, some species of vultures have declined […]

Retired Yorkshire gamekeeper found guilty of storing 5 banned poisoned sentenced to conditional discharge and £15 victim surcharge.

Poison is one of the most cruel forms of controlling wildlife, a method used by gamekeepers since Victorian times to rid estates of many forms of animals and birds considered as vermin. As such because of the illegal use of poison to kill Golden Eagles, Buzzards, Red Kites, Peregrines, White-tailed Eagles, together with a multitude […]

A conviction in a poisoning incident by the Wildlife Detective

I wrote a chapter in my book A Lone Furrow entitled A spate of Poisonings. That is certainly what we have in Scotland just now. There is no question that these cases are extremely difficult to bring to a satisfactory conclusion but the last case I discussed in this chapter did have such a conclusion. […]