The Ross-shire mass poisoning disaster now stands at 16 dead birds found

This is without any doubt one of the most significant mass poisoning incidents of its kind anywhere in Britain. To date 12 Red Kites and 4 buzzards have been recovered by investigators scouring farm land where the incident took place. Each of the 16 poisoned  raptors were all found either on, or adjacent to, farm land near Conon Bridge in the Highlands. The dead birds recovered  include both adults and juvenile Red Kites from the Black Isle population.  Significantly it has already been reported poisoning incidents in Scotland in 2013 were 100% higher than those published  for 2012. We already know  many of our followers have already contacted Mr Paul Wheelhouse, the Scottish Minister in charge to voice their anger and concern at a situation which appears to be getting much worst not better. Within the last week the RSPB has put up a £5,000 reward for information leading to a successful conviction.

Related Information Other information already published, including the Minister’s e-mail address

‘Real threat’

Duncan Orr-Ewing, head of species and land management at the RSPB, said: “This appalling incident highlights the very real threat illegal poisoning poses to fantastic species like red kites.

“We are offering a £5,000 reward for information that leads to a successful conviction. We urge anyone with information relating to this incident to contact Police Scotland so the perpetrators can be identified and brought to justice.”

The deaths come as figures published last week showed that six birds of prey were illegally poisoned last year.

A red kite, a golden eagle and four buzzards were poisoned in 2013, double the number for the previous year but well below a peak of 30 in 2009.

Figures from the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) Scotland reveal there were a total of 15 recorded crimes against birds of prey including shootings, trappings and nest destruction last year.

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