Yesterday’s blog about the discovery of shot and dumped pheasants (and assorted other species) found in a lay-by in Angus, Scotland (here) caused quite a lot of discussion on social media about whether the carcass pile included woodcock, common snipe and jack snipe.
Shooting woodcock for ‘sport’ is highly controversial – this is a UK red-listed species. Shooting and then dumping the corpses would be inexcusable.
Last night the person who sent me the original photos from that lay-by went back to the dump site to try and get better photos for ID purposes:
This morning another blog reader visited the dump site and took more photos (see below). He told me there were five waders (he ID’d as woodcock) and another pile of birds nearby that looked to have been dumped a few weeks ago (pile included pheasants, teal and woodcock).
Here are the photos:
UPDATE 14th February 2022: ‘Insane’: Outrage after gamebirds dumped in Angus (here)