22
Jan
15

Police search premises in another poisoning blackspot in Northern Ireland

Peregrine Steve WaterhouseA few days ago we blogged about a multi-agency raid on premises in the Drumbanagher area of Co Armagh, a notorious buzzard-poisoning blackspot (see here).

It looks like the PSNI is taking raptor persecution very seriously, because on the same day, another search in another poisoning blackspot was also carried out, this time in Co Derry.

The team went to targeted locations in the Magherafelt area where a number of raptor persecution incidents are reported to have taken place, including the Carbofuran-poisoning of a peregrine last July (see here).

Great to see a coordinated, proactive response from the police and partner agencies, and how refreshing to see this response publicised.

Details on the Co Derry search here.

Peregrine photo by Steve Waterhouse

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3 Responses to “Police search premises in another poisoning blackspot in Northern Ireland”


  1. 1 Tony Warburton MBE
    January 22, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    I hope the Scottish and English police forces read this and learn how it is done!

  2. January 23, 2015 at 12:10 am

    The Scottish, English and probably Welsh police forces don’t want to upset the gentlemen and women of the countryside!!!!

    If enough of us shout about their inadequacies, they might just wake up!

  3. 3 Mr Greer Hart, senior
    January 23, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Phone interviews are taking place between a Wildlife Crime Policy Officer and a selection of those who had commented on the Scottish Government’s resolution on public concern over wildlife crime. This process is headed by Professor Mark Poustie, and it will give the public and conservation organisations a chance to give their opinions on this very emotive and contentious subject.

    There is also the chance to express one’s views on Land Reform in Scotland (deadline 6 February).

    I see the two issues as connected, and the only solution to conserving our Birds of Prey and other creatures being exterminated by certain shooting estates. Land Reform has been long overdue, and there are plenty of ideas on what could be done with the landscape free of the terrible grip of the shooting lobby, but at least allowing those estates conforming to the law, excempted. For the first time in our history, we have a large part of our population that is well-informed about what has been going on in our countryside, with regard to wildlife persecution and the lack of proper law enforcement, due to the cynical approach of those in Government and in our law enforcement system. Such negligence should lead to the public questioning the effectiveness of those responsible for providing the essential services of law and order, backed by suitable sentencing, which we have not been experiencing, and there has been much public disquiet on that subject. This has been seen on short sentences and dangerous criminals being released without considering public safety. So, how can we seriously expect longer sentences for people like gamekeeper Mutch, and the enforcement of vicarious liability against his employer, the Kildrummy estate?

    Scotland is going through a political upheaval, and part of that should be a “devolvement” of land ownership back to the people, and its use decided by those who seek to restore its diversity by restoration of habitats and certain species. Al.ong with this progressive approach would run policies to assist rural communities. The low paid and menial jobs provided by the present regime would be replaced by ones paying a better living wage. A new infrastructure would be designed to suit modern day comfort and expectation. For too long our politicians have accepted the claims of shooting estates and fish farms, that they are great job creators and benefit the economy. Let us test that and while we are at it, see if they are paying tax or are avoiders as Kildrummy once was until HM Inspector of Taxes challenged them.

    All who support conservation in Scotland should now be bringing all together to present a powerful front to ensure that we change Scotland from being a blood sports paradise, to one that is more compassionately run.


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