It’s ok everybody, the mystery of the vanishing satellite-tagged raptors has finally been solved. It wasn’t the (non-existent) wind farms (see here). And it wasn’t the unreliable satellite tags with a dodgy salt water switch attached to Olive Ridley Turtles off the coast of India (see here).
No, the real reason, according to a Scottish gamekeeper, is that “bird activists” have been killing off the raptors as part of a smear campaign against those who manage grouse moors.
Phew. Glad that’s all been cleared up.
Have a listen to gamekeeper Donald McBeath, interviewed on Good Morning Scotland earlier today (here – starts at 02:51:37, available for 29 days).
UPDATE 31 Aug 2016: The name of this gamekeeper is Donald McBeath, not Donald Macbeth.
UPDATE 31 Aug 2016: Mr McBeath was on the telly last night. Watch the video here
UPDATE 1 September 2016: PAW Scotland dismisses gamekeeper’s claims as ridiculous here