Cairngorms National Park Authority wants ‘action’ against raptor persecution

Duncan BrydenThe Convenor of the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CPNA), Duncan Bryden, has written to the Environment Minister to tell him that continued incidents of raptor persecution and ‘disappearing birds’ in the eastern side of the Cairngorms National Park “threatens to undermine the reputation of the National Park as a high quality wildlife tourism destination“.

He has asked for the Minister to attend a meeting of stakeholders in the Eastern Cairngorms (including RSPB Scotland and, er, Scottish Land & Estates) to discuss ways to address this on-going issue.

That’ll be interesting, seeing as though SLE continue to deny the extent of the problem (e.g. see here) and only last year gave membership to the ranks of SLE to the North Glenbuchat Estate – a grouse moor in the National Park that has been at the centre of wildlife crime investigations for years, most recently following the ‘disappearance’ in April of the first fledged white-tailed eagle in eastern Scotland for 200 years – it’s final signal reportedly came from North Glenbuchat estate (see here). The eagle is presumed dead but it’s body has not been recovered, just like the bodies of three other young satellite tagged eagles that ‘disappeared’ in the area in recent years. The body of a fifth eagle was found on North Glenbuchat Estate in 2011 – it had been poisoned with Carbofuran. As had a poisoned buzzard, also found in 2011, as well as a poisoned bait. A dead short-eared owl was also found in 2011 – it had been shot and stuffed under a rock.

Good luck to the CNPA in trying to oust the raptor-killing criminals from the National Park and well done Duncan Bryden for taking a stand.

Download: CNPA letter to Paul Wheelhouse May2014

Download: Paul Wheelhouse response to CNPA

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13 thoughts on “Cairngorms National Park Authority wants ‘action’ against raptor persecution”

  1. Fantastic. Very well done Duncan Bryden. Perhaps this will be the warning shot across the bows of the complacent sinners who think they are above the laws of the land and nobody is watching them. Could this be the breakthrough we have been fighting for?

  2. That is very good news and I agree well done Duncan Bryden. Do we know when or has this meeting taken place? Does RPS know anymore about the vicarious liability action that Paul Wheelhouse spoke off? It certainly appears that action is at last being considered against all the criminals, that are operating in our countryside. Well beyond time!

  3. Highlighting the persecution of raptors is always helpful. Granted, these persecution concerns coming from the Cairngorms National Park authority are a step forward but in my opinion slightly hypocritical. Considering the planning powers that they have influence over, their track record in objecting to wind farms around the park perimeter is poor. Wind turbine rotor blade collisions will possibly be the largest threat to raptors currently and in the future, as exemplified by hundreds of Golden Eagle deaths in California.
    The necklacing effect of wind farms around the park creates a huge hazard for transitory, immature eagles and other soaring raptors like Red Kite, Buzzard and Osprey. The CNP originally recommended ‘no objection’ to the massive Nathro Hill wind farm proposal situated only 1km from a Special Protected Area for Golden Eagle and only 4km from the CNP boundary and near one breeding pair’s territory but later changed that to an ‘objection’ pending the modification of turbine positions – not really a strong message to protect eagles in my mind and I will not even comment on the RSPB’s paltry ‘no objection’. I have also heard rumours that some bird strike carcasses are routinely removed by wind farm staff and not reported to prevent ‘bad press’, maybe someone can verify this.

    1. I agree Dave that windfarms, that this SNP government are so enthralled about are, next to gamekeepers, the biggest danger to our raptors.

      1. Change is in the air….Sturgeon on the way….Thin gone off…. maybe there is a chance that there might be some sympathy in government for the plight of our natural heritage.

    2. ..and maybe they cant..when people start resorting to “rumours” I turn off..lets all concentrate on the very real poisoning that we know is happening..and do something about that…

  4. Yes windfarms are nearly as big a concern as direct persecution given the sheer number being thrown up everywhere in Scotland with little regard for their negative ecological effects(their economics is equally as questionable!!)

  5. Tony, a shot across the bows isn’t close enough for many of the sinners. Let us give them the same chance the birds get, a shot in the head.
    Ok, it’s not practical but some very serious penalties for the estates are required. The gamekeepers take the rap but few estates get their comeuppance.

  6. The Cairngorms National Park Authority considers applications for wind farms around the park boundary very carefully. The public record shows that, to date, the CNPA has raised objections to nine applications mainly on account of their biodiversity and landscape impacts.

  7. Believe me, there is no greater hater of windfarms than me – but try and remember the old saying ‘tall oaks from little acorns grow’, and remember also that if you roll a snowball long enough, it turns into a snowman!!! Just be happy with some good news for once. We are all too well aware that one swallow doesn’t make a summer, and personally I don’t think the battle will be won until the few ‘good’ shooting estates themselves (and there are some) tackle and shame and name the ‘baddies’ who get them tarred with the same brush. Also, this won’t happen until some wealthy shooting estate owner (and hopefully his paid assassins) gets the full force of available sentencing (i.e. gaol) via Vicarious Liability. And Doug, you know me well enough to realise that a shot in the head is too quick! So that my reply doesn’t get edited out, I won’t say where I would shoot them (with grape shot!!!).

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