Scottish Raptor Study Group

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Prosecution dropped against gamekeeper accused of setting illegal pole trap
25 April 2017
The Crown Office has dropped all proceedings against a gamekeeper who was alleged to have set and then re-set an illegal pole trap on the Brewlands Estate, Angus Glens in 2015. This is the third prosecution for alleged wildlife crime to have been dropped in two weeks. Again, no explanation has been given for the decision to drop this case. Details here

Environment Committee takes evidence on SRSG's petition calling for introduction of licensing for game bird shoots
24 April 2017
Holyrood's cross-party Environment Committee has heard evidence from a range of stakeholders as they consider a petition lodged by SRSG member Logan Steele calling for the introduction of a state-regulated licensing scheme for game bird shooting in Scotland. The transcript of proceedings can be read here.

Prosecution dropped against gamekeeper accused of alleged shooting of a hen harrier
21 April 2017
The Crown Office has dropped all proceedings against a gamekeeper who was alleged to have shot a hen harrier on Cabrach Estate, Moray in 2013. Proceedings began in 2016 but nine court hearings later, the COPFS has inexplicably abandoned the prosecution. Details here

Illegally-killed buzzard on Newlands Estate: Crown Office drops prosecution for alleged vicarious liability
12 April 2017
In 2015, a gamekeeper on the Newlands Estate, Dumfriesshire was convicted of killing a buzzard. Proceedings began against the landowner, Andrew Duncan, who was alleged to be vicariously liable for the killing. After 13 court hearings, the Crown Office has inexplicably dropped the prosecution, saying it is not in the public interest to continue.

RSPB Scotland appeals for information as another satellite-tagged golden eagle 'disappears' in Cairngorms National Park
1 April 2017
RSPB Scotland has issued an appeal for information following the disappearance of a satellite tagged golden eagle near Strathdon in Aberdeenshire. The young male eagle was fitted with a transmitter by a licensed raptor study group member, before it fledged from a nest in Deeside in the summer of 2016. Data received from the tag allowed conservationists to study the movements of the bird, known as “338”, as it explored north-east Scotland’s countryside. 

Overnight on Sunday 5th/Monday 6th March, the tag fitted to 338 inexplicably stopped working, having being functioning perfectly up to that point. The bird’s last recorded position was in Glenbuchat just before nightfall on 5th March. No further data has been received. Follow up enquiries on the North Glenbuchat Estate by police officers, assisted by RSPB staff, yielded no sign of the bird.

In 2011, a satellite-tagged golden eagle was found illegally poisoned on the same estate, with a shot short-eared owl and poisoned buzzard also discovered. Another satellite-tagged golden eagle disappeared here in September 2011, with further such tagged birds also vanishing in the same area, in February 2012 and May 2013. In April 2014, the first young white-tailed eagle to fledge from a nest in the east of Scotland in one hundred years also disappeared here.

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