02
Aug
13

Moy game fair: carry on regardless

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.

Moy kite 2a


5 Responses to “Moy game fair: carry on regardless”


  1. August 2, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I’ve spent the last 20 years of my life helping the conservation of the red kite and we get mindless cretins who think red kites kill game. Red kites do not kill anything bigger than a small rodent. Red kite was the first animal species in the world to be protected by royal charter by Henry 8th because they kept the streets of London clean.
    They haven’t got the strength in their talons to hold anything larger than a rat. They are scavengers and help keep the countryside clean.

  2. 2 Chris Roberts
    August 2, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Is Moy estate one of the reasons the red kite has not extended its range south of the Black Isle and, indeed, for keeping the numbers so low, when compared to other areas that they were re-introduced such as the Chilterns?

    Moy estate should be shut down and the land allowed to re-generate into a more natural landscape.

    [Ed: Chris – had to edit your comment – you’ll understand why!!]

    • 3 Chris Roberts
      August 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you for looking out for us Ed., However was the word I used legally wrong, as the whole purpose of ‘sporting’ AKA ‘- – – – – – -‘ estates is to breed birds so as to shoot (kill) them!

      [Ed: Hi Chris, no, the reason for editing was the very first part of your original first sentence. Although we agreed with your statement, the libel lawyers would rip it to shreds as it would be almost impossible to prove that what you were claiming was true].

  3. 5 Libby Anderson
    August 5, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    At the risk of going off on a tangent … thanks for pointing out the latest GWCT snaring training course taking place at Glenogil estate. Much needed no doubt in a location where badgers have been found, illegally snared on fence lines.
    There seems to be a push on to get more snare users trained. Shooting industry and Scottish Government say there are 5,000 snare users in Scotland but by 1 July only 915 had done the training and obtained their identification numbers. So what happened to the other 4,000+? Were the figures inflated to make snaring appear more significant, or are many operators carrying on regardless – illegally?
    Thanks to Christine Grahame MSP for lodging the questions that uncovered these figures.


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