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RSPB Scotland welcomes condemnation of bird of prey poisonings by Highland Council

Last modified: 08 May 2014

Buzzard in flight

Six buzzards as well as sixteen red kites have been found dead

Image: Graham Catley

RSPB Scotland has welcomed the condemnation of the recent killings of birds of prey by senior members of Highland Council. RSPB spokesman Alan Tissiman said, “The deaths of so many birds – at the last count sixteen red kites and six buzzards – has triggered an enormous response from the people of the Highlands. It is very encouraging that their elected representatives on the Council are also speaking up on behalf of our wildlife.”  

A motion, presented by senior representatives of the SNP, Liberal Democrat, Labour and Independent groups, was agreed at today’s (8 May) full council meeting in Inverness.

The motion read: “The Highland Council condemns the recent illegal killing of red kites and buzzards on the Black Isle both as wrong in itself and as an act with potential to reduce the economic benefits that wildlife tourism brings to the Highlands. The Council urges anyone with relevant information to contact Police Scotland; welcomes the actions of Scottish Land & Estates and of NFU Scotland in supporting attempts to identify the culprit(s); and commits itself to continuing to work with Community Planning Partners, through the Highland Environment Forum, to reinvigorate the fight against all wildlife crime in the Highlands.”

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