The incident we blogged about two days ago concerning the discovery of five dead red kites and two buzzards in Ross-shire, north Scotland (see here) has just got a lot worse.
The current figure is 11 corpses, according to the BBC, and we suspect more may yet to be found.
We know that at least eight of these corpses are red kites.
This is the worst single persecution incident to have been discovered for several years. Poisoning is strongly suspected.
Red kite photo by Mali Halls.