Dinnet Estate Gamekeeper convicted for offence

Hen harrier: the UK's most persecuted raptor

On the night of June 25 2003, a gamekeeper on the Dinnet Estate in Aberdeenshire was filmed by RSPB investigators as he left his Landrover carrying a shotgun, climbed over a fence on to the neighbouring Crannach Estate, and began to stalk a recently-fledged hen harrier for several hundred metres across the hillside. At one point he was seen to point his shotgun at the harrier but he did not shoot.

At Stonehaven Sheriff Court on 17 February 2006, the keeper was convicted of firearms offences and of trespassing with a firearm on the neighbouring Crannoch Estate. He was fined £500.


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