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Alex Hogg blames conservationists for depleting golden eagle population

Alex Hogg, Chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association (SGA), has today spouted yet another ill-informed attack on the Irish Golden Eagle Project  http://www.scottishgamekeepers.co.uk/content/another-scottish-eagle-killed-ireland claiming that it makes “absolutely no sense” for Scotland to continue providing golden eagle chicks to augment the growing Irish golden eagle population.

He fails to comprehend that eagle chicks are only collected in Scotland from nests with twins (where more often than not, only one chick will naturally survive), and that chicks are only collected in areas of Scotland where scientists believe the species has a favourable conservation status (this means that chicks are collected from very few areas).

Yes, persecution in Ireland is a problem, as we have seen in recent months, but it is nowhere near the problem levels here in Scotland. I think that Alex makes such ridiculous claims against the Irish Project because he’s either very stupid, or because he’s trying to deflect attention away from the Scottish poisoning events. Or both. I wish he would make such a fuss about the eagle poisoning incidents in Scotland – six confirmed poisoned this year alone, and a further four from this year currently under investigation. Have we heard an outcry from Alex and his SGA chums about these, plus all the other confirmed raptor poisonings in Scotland this year and in previous years? What we have heard from him is his continual bleatings about how gamekeepers need to be given licences to kill protected raptors.

Perhaps he should read this report into the Irish Golden Eagle Project – it provides all the information he’ll need so that his next commentary on golden eagle conservation can be based on facts, not fiction. Irish Golden Eagle Project Review 2009

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3 Responses to “Alex Hogg blames conservationists for depleting golden eagle population”


  1. 1 nirofo
    December 13, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    If I was a gamekeeper, (heaven forbid!) and a member of the SGA I would want to disassociate myself from anything to do with Hogg and resign my membership as quickly as possible.

    nirofo.

  2. 2 iolaire
    December 14, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Ah yes, that’ll be those same conservationists who are laying poisoned bait all over the Scottish countryside just to make the gamekeepers look bad. I’m astounded that the SGA allow Mr Hogg to remain in post as their chair/spokesman – he comes across as such a buffoon.

  3. 3 john smith
    February 25, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    If you look at the SGA membership you will see there are less and less Gamekeeper members and more “supporter members”.

    The SGA is loosing favour amongst keepers, look at how often office bearers change, [mr hogg 10 yrs] not the actions of a dynamic organisation.

    I think the SGA is “an old boys club” and no longer serves the needs of young and forward thinking gamekeepers, the top prize they award to the best young keeper is a roll of tweed!!!! just shows how in touch they are.

    I as a young [20’s] keeper do not associate with the SGA, I consider myself as a land manager and certainly don’t want Hogg et al being my voice .

    We certainly don’t pursue a career with estates with criminal activities either.

    Yours etc

    disillusioned
    [the other guys who graduated with me are in agreement]


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