News : Jan 2014

Raptors set to feature on BBC’s Winterwatch

16 January 2014

Winterwatch returns to BBC 2 next week (Mon 20th – Thurs 23rd January) and this year will be based at the National Trust’s Mar Lodge Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms. Expect to see several features on raptors including golden eagles, hen harriers, red kites and little owls. Visit the Winterwatch webpage for more details.

Man reported for hen harrier death in Aberdeenshire

14 January 2014

A man has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal in relation to wildlife crime after the death of a hen harrier in the Huntly area of Aberdeenshire last June. The 58 year old man is expected to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court at a later date. Unfortunately, no further details have been made available at this time.

Retired gamekeeper claims gamekeepers are being pressurised to use poison bait to protect grouse stocks

8 January 2014

A retired gamekeeper from Angus claims that other gamekeepers are being put under pressure by their employers to use illegal poison to protect grouse stocks. Colin Gair, 66, made his claims after the recent discovery of the poisoned golden eagle ‘Fearnan’ on an Angus grouse moor. Mr Gair speculates that the poison may be being passed to gamekeepers by shoot managers. Full story here.