Last week the RSPB revealed that two more satellite-tagged hen harriers had ‘disappeared’ in suspicious circumstances on two grouse moors in the Cairngorms National Park (see here).
Scottish Land & Estates, the grouse moor owners’ lobby group, issued this statement in response. Pay close attention to the sentence underlined by RPUK:
For those who don’t know what the Heads Up for Hen Harriers Project is all about, a good place to start is by reading previous blogs see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. Basically its a greenwashing exercise. The idea is that everybody pretends not to know why hen harrier nests are failing in certain areas (yes, really!) but by putting cameras on nests we might learn more about these ‘mystery issues’. The focus then becomes on natural predation events caught on camera and everybody can point to that as the main cause for hen harrier population decline instead of having to address the illegal persecution that continues far from any official nest camera scheme.
Scottish Land and Estates have been challenged before about publishing what looked to be inaccurate assertions about some of the estates involved in this sham (e.g. see here) but the organisation’s complete lack of transparency, coupled with SNH’s refusal to tell us which estates are involved in this project funded with taxpayers’ money, meant that SLE’s claims were allowed to stand.
Now it seems another of SLE’s claims about this project has been challenged. Have a look at this very interesting twitter exchange that was posted yesterday:
We’ll be following this with interest….
Watch this space.