New measures announced to protect birds of prey

The Scottish government is to introduce new laws to protect Scottish birds of prey. There has been growing concern about the suspicious nature of many deaths of protected birds of prey for over a decade and in 2015 the RSPB produced a comprehensive report on the situation in Scotland.
The Scottish government said yesterday:
“Almost a third of golden eagles being tracked by satellite died in suspicious circumstances, scientists have found.
“The Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) research identified that the majority of cases were found where land is intensively managed for driven grouse shooting.
Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham confirmed to the Scottish Parliament she will now set up an expert group to look at managing grouse moors sustainably and within the law. Following a request by the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee the group will also advise on the option of licensing grouse shooting businesses.
”The report studied the movements of 131 young golden eagles over a 12 year period, and found more than 40 had disappeared in suspicious circumstances. It also found there was no link between fitting satellite tags and the disappearance of the birds of prey and ruled out any connection with the position of wind turbines.
”In response Ms Cunningham outlined a package of new measures designed to protect birds of prey.”
Full news release at this Scottish government link:
https://news.gov.scot/news/golden-eagle-deaths
Related link:
https://www.rspb.org.uk/…/411729-rspb-scotland-launches-20-…
BERNARD MOFFATT
Public Relations Officer Mannin Branch
Issued by: The Mannin branch of the Celtic League.
01/06/17

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