The Moy Game Fair starts today. On the Moy Estate.
Moy is quite the venue. In 2010, the following was found there:
- A dead red kite in the back of a gamekeeper’s vehicle. It had two broken legs and had died as a result of a blow to the head (see photo).
- The remains of a further two dead red kites.
- A red kite’s severed leg, along with wing tags that had been fitted to a sateliite-tracked red kite, hidden in holes covered with moss.
- Six illegal baited spring traps set in the open.
- A trapped hen harrier caught in an illegally set spring trap.
- A poisoned bait.
- Four leg rings previously fitted to golden eagle chicks found in the possession of a gamekeeper.
In May 2011, gamekeeper James Rolfe was convicted for possession of the dead red kite found in the back of his vehicle. He was fined £1,500. No charges were brought against anyone for any of the other offences.
If you’re heading to the Moy Game Fair, keep an eye out for ‘missing’ red kites. In May 2011, a satellite-tracked red kite ‘disappeared’ there. In August 2011, another red kite ‘disappeared’ there.
Ironically, representatives from the game-shooting industry will all be there, telling visitors how great their industry is for nature conservation. So much for strong leadership and zero tolerance (see here).
Talking of venue choice……..take a look at this! A government-approved GWCT training course being held at the one and only Glenogil Estate!
The photograph below shows the dead red kite with two broken legs and severe head injuries, lying in the back of a gamekeeper’s vehicle.