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Authorities appeal for information over poisoning in Ross-shire

Last modified: 28 March 2014

Red kite in flight

Image: Steve Round

Responding to today’s announcement by Police Scotland confirming that at least some of the 13 birds of prey discovered recently in the Ross-shire area have been poisoned, Duncan Orr-Ewing, Head of Species and Land Management for RSPB Scotland said:

“This is devastating news and confirms our worst fears.  This appalling incident highlights the very real threat illegal poisoning poses to fantastic species like red kites. The vulnerable Black Isle population in particular has been repeatedly hit by deaths due to illegal poison use. The Chilterns population in Southern England is nearly ten times bigger, yet both projects started at the same time in 1989with the same number of birds released into the wild. That is a shocking indictment on behaviour of some in this part of rural Scotland.   We are offering a £5,000.00 reward for information that leads to a successful conviction. We urge anyone with information relating to this incident to contact Police Scotland so the perpetrators can be identified and brought to justice.”

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