This blog passed another milestone over the weekend, reaching eight million views.
Here’s the photograph that I publish every time a new milestone is reached. This is a golden eagle that was found dead on a grouse moor in the Cairngorms National Park in 2006. It had been illegally poisoned. It epitomises everything in its pitiful, poignant, senselessness.
Have attitudes changed since 2006?
No! The RSPB reported that 2020 was the ‘worst year on record‘ for bird of prey persecution in the UK. Eagles and other raptors are still being killed by poisoning, trapping, bludgeoning or shooting, even inside our National Parks.
A white-tailed eagle was found poisoned on a grouse moor in the Cairngorms National Park in 2020 (here) and a golden eagle was found poisoned on another grouse moor in the Cairngorms National Park in 2021 (here).
The toxicology results from two white-tailed eagles recently found dead in suspicious circumstances on two game-shooting estates in Dorset and Sussex are anticipated with grim inevitability.
Thank you to everybody who supports and contributes to this blog, including those who share its content on social media channels and in conversations with friends, family, colleagues and associates.
Eight million views is a lot, but it’s not enough. There’s still so much work to do. The Scottish Government has promised new regulatory powers, but 15 months later we’re still waiting for those to be implemented. The Westminster Government is still at the denial stage, although I suspect the death of these two reintroduced eagles is about to provide an effective wake-up call for Ministers.
I intend to keep writing this blog for a while longer and hope you’ll all stay with me.
Thanks for your continued support.