Large birds in Scotland – 03/28/2004

  • September 30, 2013 at 6:07 pm #409

    `This is the largest number of dead birds I have seen in a single
    …Wildlife police officer Mark Rafferty.

    BORDERS police are probing the deaths of 25 protected birds on an
    estate in Peeblesshire.

    A search of the sporting estate led RSPB Scotland, Lothian and
    Borders Police, and Scottish Executive Environment Rural Affairs
    Department (SEERAD) officers to discover the birds.

    In a combined search earlier this week, the bodies of 22 buzzards, a
    tawny owl, a heron, and a goshawk were discovered on the estate

    The bodies have been sent away to the Scottish Agricultural Science
    Agency in Edinburgh for post mortem.

    The name of the estate has not been disclosed at the present time.

    “I was very saddened to see 25 dead birds of prey, beautiful birds,”
    said Lothian and Borders Police wildlife police officer, Mark

    The agencies were working jointly on information provided by a member
    of the public, who was said to have been alerted by the publicity
    surrounding the recent discovery of nine dead birds of prey on a
    different Borders estate.

    “In my 20 years, this is the largest number of dead birds I have seen
    in a single case,” said RSPB Scotland’s Dave Dick.

    Constable Rafferty added: “As I visit land managers over the next few
    weeks in connection with Operation Artemis and hen harrier
    protection, I will be stressing that everyone in rural Scotland must
    now play a part in the fight in protecting wildlife”.

    Earlier this month, Operation Artemis was launched by police forces
    across the UK to improve the detection and prevention of the
    persecution of hen har-riers on Britain’s moorlands.

    Buzzards are particularly susceptible to poisoning as carrion forms a
    large part of their diet (which also includes rabbits, rodents and
    other farm pests).

    After years of suffering from the effects of DDT and persecution,
    buzzard numbers have made a good recovery since the 1970s.

    “Their increase in numbers has been welcomed by the public, and they
    are now seen regularly in the skies,” said Mr Dick.

    “It is essential that the public report any such findings or
    suspicious activity to the relevant authorities.”

    In 2003, 10 red kites were confirmed as being allegedly illegally
    poisoned in Scotland, the highest number recorded in one year. Like
    buzzards, red kites largely eat carrion.

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