The Home-Life of a Golden Eagle, a nostalgic look back in time at the King of Scottish Raptors

Between the years 1906 and 1910, pioneering photographer Harry Macpherson laboured long and hard amongst the Scottish Grampian highlands to create the first photographic record of breeding Golden Eagles in Scotland. Now Terry Pickford recounts the exploits of this unsung Highland warrior from a past era.

“In a wild deer-forest in the heart […]

Raptor Poisoning: Scotland’s Shame

During the early 1970’s when I worked in the Scottish Highlands for a great raptor conservationist Douglas Weir, I spend many enjoyable weeks each summer tracking through the Inverness glens looking for nesting golden eagles and peregrines. The data I recorded of occupied sites found was then passed back to Doug Weir; in turn […]

Scotland’s highland estates face stricter legal controls over grouse shoots

Crackdown comes amid concerns about illegal persecution of birds of prey shot, poisoned or trapped by gamekeepers and farmers in Scotland. Stricter legal controls may be imposed on estates after revelations that at least 779 protected birds have been illegally killed over a 20-year period in Scotland

Photograph: Murdo Macleod/the […]

30 protected birds of prey killed in Northern Ireland in three years, report claims

 

Dead Male Peregrine Falcon

More than 30 protected birds of prey were killed in Northern Ireland in three years, according to a report on wildlife crime.

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Polish Golden Eagle poisonings-rescued male released back into the wild this week.

On the 16 March we published details of a second breeding pair of Golden Eagles which had been found poisoned during the last 4 years in the Magura National Park Poland. Sadly the female eagle from the second pair could not be saved and died. The full story can be followed here.

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The country landowner is not some kind of wildlife serial killer.

Writing in today’s’ Scotsman (19/02/2014), Lord David Johnstone, Annandale Estates, Lockerbie makes a bold claim estate landowners are not all serial wildlife killers. Although we accept that a high number of estate landowners in Scotland may have no direct association with killing protected wildlife, a high proportion of estate gamekeepers are involved in the […]

Scottish Raptor Conservation group call for grouse shooting to be licenced.

Scottish sporting estate owners and their gamekeepers said the introduction of a licensing system would be “draconian.” Scottish Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse is being urged to introduce licences for grouse shooting. The Scottish Raptor Study Group said the measures were necessary because of the continued persecution of birds of prey on Scotland’s grouse moors. But […]

Can Golden Eagles in Scotland survive persecution, wind farm proliferation and habitat loss?

For thousands of years Golden Eagles have survived against all the odds throughout the Islands and Highlands of Scotland, finding safe refuge in the most rugged and beautiful landscapes Scotland has to offer. Within the isolated glens of Glen Coe’s peaceful Blackmount Forest as many as eight pairs of Golden Eagles once nested there […]

Raptor Poisoning: Scotland’s Continuing Shame

During the early 1970’s when I worked in the Scottish Highlands for a great raptor conservationist Douglas Weir, I spend many enjoyable weeks each summer tracking through the Inverness glens looking for nesting golden eagles and peregrines. The data I recorded of occupied sites found was then passed back to Doug Weir; in turn Doug […]

The latest poisoned golden eagle scandal – some thoughts by Wildlife Detective

 

A poisoned venison bait on a boundary fence

A poisoned hare bait beside an electrified double fence on a boundary

The poisoning of a satellite-tagged golden eagle in the Angus Glens is yet another disgraceful and disgusting crime against our wildlife committed in that area of Scotland. […]