John Dodd sells Glenogil Estate

Sunday Times 7th April 2013 Glenogil saleJohn Dodd, the multi-millionaire owner of the controversial Glenogil Estate, has ‘quietly sold up’, according to an article in the Sunday Times.

The new owner is reported to be Baron Ferdinand von Baumbach, someone we know little about. Although we’re not sorry to see Dodd leave, it’s not so much who owns the estate that interests us, but rather whether (a) they intend to maintain it as a driven grouse moor and if so, (b) who will be advising on grouse moor ‘management’.

It’s been widely reported that Dodd took management advice from ‘grouse wizard’ Mark Osborne (e.g. see here) and indeed Glenogil is promoted on Osborne’s William Powell Sporting website as ‘one of the finest shooting estates in Scotland’ (see here), as well as on the William Powell Country website (here). It’s not just Osborne who rates this estate: last year The Field magazine included Glenogil in an article called ‘Britain’s 50 Great Shoots’ (see here) and in 2008 The Telegraph described it as a thriving grouse moor (see here).

However, for those of us with more of an interest in the area’s wildlife rather than with the artificially-high number of grouse that can be killed, you have to look elsewhere for information. A good place to start is the RSPB’s annual persecution reports. Below is a list of confirmed incidents recorded at Glenogil and ‘Nr Noranside’  from 2006-2010, sourced from these reports and also from Scottish Government data. Not one of these reported incidents has resulted in a criminal prosecution and Dodd has repeatedly and strenuously stated his staff are innocent. Dodd had his farming subsidy cut by £107,650 in 2008 when the Scottish Executive suspected that poisoned baits found on and near to the estate in 2006 were being used to target birds of prey (see here).

2006 March: poisoned rabbit bait (Carbofuran)

2006 April: poisoned buzzard (Alphachloralose)

2006 April: poisoned tawny owl (Alphachloralose)

2006 May: poisoned rabbit bait (Carbofuran)

2006 June: poisoned woodpigeon bait (Carbofuran)

2008 May: poisoned white-tailed eagle (Carbofuran, Isophenfos, Bendiocarb) [‘Nr Noranside’]

2008 May: poisoned buzzard (Bendiocarb) [‘Nr Noranside’]

2008 May: poisoned mountain hare bait (Carbofuran, Isophenfos, Bendiocarb) [‘Nr Noranside’]

2008 May: 32 x poisoned meat baits on fenceposts (Carbofuran, Isophenfos, Bendiocarb) [‘Nr Noranside’]

2008 Oct:  poisoned meat bait (Carbofuran) [‘Nr Noranside’]

2009 March: poisoned buzzard (Carbofuran)

2009 March: poisoned buzzard (Carbofuran)

2009 August: poisoned white-tailed eagle (Carbofuran)

2010 May: poisoned red kite (Carbofuran) [‘Nr Noranside’]

2010 September: poisoned buzzard (Chloralose)

2010 October: poisoned buzzard (Carbofuran)

2010 October: poisoned pigeon bait (Carbofuran)

2010 October: poisoned pigeon bait (Carbofuran)

John Dodd was the co-founder of Artemis Investment Management Ltd., a company that has sponsored the GWCT’s Scottish Game Fair (see here).

The Sunday Times article can be read in two parts:

Part 1 Glenogil sale Sunday Times 7 April 2013

Part 2 Glenogil sale Sunday Times 7 April 2013

15 Responses to “John Dodd sells Glenogil Estate”

  1. 1 Dougie
    April 8, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Looking through the list of offences is shocking (I think that will only be the tip of the iceberg) and serves to demonstrate how law enforcement/criminal justice system is simply no where near being up to the task of combating this crime.

  2. 2 Damion Willcock
    April 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Good to see a mention of RPS in newsprint. Keep up the good work.

  3. 3 Dougie
    April 9, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Anyone have information on Baron Ferdinand von Baumbach. Google search drew a blank.

  4. 4 Stewart Love
    April 9, 2013 at 8:28 pm


    [Ed: sorry Stewart, but we don’t want to publish that. It might not be the same person]

  5. 6 Dougie
    April 10, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Maybe worth keeping an eye on Companies House records for Glenogil Estates Ltd.

    Note – these links may not remain active for very long.

  6. 8 laurence fishburn
    October 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I’d rather less Raptors and more songbirds

  7. 10 Tim Mathews
    September 7, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Just to let everyone know [Ed: rest of comment deleted. Tim – we’ve VERY interested in this. Please could you email us in confidence to discuss? Need to understand your sources before we can publish here, but keen to follow up, for obvious reasons. Thanks. Email: raptorpersecutionscotland@hotmail.com ]

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