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Henry’s tour day 52: Farr

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Henry went to visit the Farr Estate just up the valley from Coignafearn. It’s often called the Glen Kyllachy & Farr Estate.

He doesn’t look very happy.

Raptor populations in this area and nearby have suffered a long history of persecution, as recognised by Scotland’s Moorland Forum (see here). It’s a real mystery who is responsible for this because there has only ever been one prosecution. A conviction was secured but was later quashed on appeal.

Here are some records on what has reportedly been found over the years (data from RSPB reports):

1987: Poisoned bait, Kyllachy.

1991: Poisoned eagle, Farr.

1991: Hen harrier nest destroyed, Farr Estate.

August 2008: Poisoned red kite (Carbofuran), Glen Kyllachy & Farr Estate

April 2009: Poisoned red kite (Carbofuran), Glen Kyllachy & Farr Estate

May 2010: Poisoned red kite (Aldicarb), Glen Kyllachy & Farr Estate

June 2010: Poisoned white-tailed eagle (Carbofuran), Glen Kyllachy & Farr Estate

June 2010: Poisoned golden eagle (Carbofuran), Glen Kyllachy & Farr Estate

May 2011: Poisoned red kite (Carbofuran & Bendiocarb), Glen Kyllachy & Farr Estate

June 2011: Attempted shooting of a kestrel (Farr).

The six poisoned raptors found in the three year period between 2008-2011 (4 red kites, 1 golden eagle, 1 white-tailed eagle) prompted a police raid in July 2011. You can read about the outcome here (page 26).

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4 Responses to “Henry’s tour day 52: Farr”


  1. 1 Giles
    June 26, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Looks and sounds like a war zone. How utterly depressing. Get out while you can Henry!

  2. June 26, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    You guys are not as good as I thought you were…….

    June 2011; Attempted shooting of a red kite from both an estate road & then public road

  3. 3 Douglas Malpus
    June 26, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    I’ve seen better looking landfill sites!

  4. 4 Pip
    June 29, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Well – I’ve seen a better looking pit bing.
    Pip


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