Monitoring and conserving Scotland's birds of prey
SRSG condemns Natural England's decision to authorise the destruction of buzzard nests and eggs
31st May 2013
Last week it was reported that England's statutory conservation agency, Natural England, had issued licences to authorise the destruction of buzzard nests and eggs to protect the interests of pheasants. The Scottish Raptor Study Group is wholly opposed to the licenced control of native raptors to protect non-native gamebirds that are bred and released in their millions for shooting. There is no scientific evidence whatsoever to support the theory that raptor predation causes significant damage to game-rearing interests.
There is concern that this precedent set by Natural England will encourage Scotland's statutory conservation agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, to authorise similar licences.
The Scottish Raptor Study Group has written to the Environment Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, to express this concern.
Thousands of people have also signed a petition urging SNH not to issue licences to cull raptors in Scotland. The petition can be signed here.
Osprey egg theft attempt thwarted
23rd May 2013
A 24-hour watch has been put on an osprey nest in Dumfries & Galloway after a suspected egg-theft attempt.
A member of the public spotted a man with climbing equipment heading towards the nest. When challenged, the man left the site. The police have been informed.
Staff and volunteers from the National Trust for Scotland have now mounted an around-the-clock watch on the nest to prevent any more attacks.
BBC news story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-22638587
Golden eagle satellite tracking on The One Show
23rd January 2013
Two Highland Raptor Study Group members appeared on The One Show this evening for a feature on golden eagle satellite-tracking. Stuart Benn and Brian Etheridge were filmed last summer as they fitted satellite tags to two young eaglets in a remote Highland glen. Stuart was also present in the studio in this evening's broadcast to give an update on the progress of the two birds (both still alive!) and to highlight the on-going problem of persecution that eagles, and other raptor species, still face.
Goshawk chicks on nest