RSPB Scotland response to general licence restriction on South Lanarkshire Estate

Tuesday 26 November 2019

Ian Thomson, RSPB Scotland’s Head of Investigations said: “RSPB Scotland welcomes today’s announcement by Scottish Natural Heritage of a general licence restriction covering the Leadhills Estate in South Lanarkshire. This area has a long and appalling history of confirmed raptor persecution incidents involving the illegal use of traps, banned pesticides and the shooting of protected species, including hen harriers and red kites.”

“While the imposition of this sanction is positive news, it is becoming increasingly clear that the threat of such a penalty is no deterrent to those whose sole motivation is the maximising of grouse numbers. Until sporting estates face the potential removal of the right to shoot, we do not believe there is a sufficient deterrent to those who continue to slaughter our birds of prey. We call upon the Scottish Government to introduce a robust system of licensing where the right to shoot grouse is dependent on legal and sustainable management.”

Last Updated: Tuesday 26 November 2019

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