Police Scotland has issued an appeal for information following the discovery of disturbed and abandoned buzzard and goshawk nests in the Moy Forest near Tomatin in the Scottish Highlands.
During May this year, one goshawk and four buzzard nests have been abandoned in suspicious circumstances, with some evidence of illegal disturbance. These nests were being monitored by staff from Forestry Enterprise Scotland.
Further details and an appeal for information here
This area is no stranger to illegal raptor persecution. In 2010, a 20-year old gamekeeper employed by Moy Estate was convicted for possession of a dead red kite that was found in the back of his vehicle. It had two broken legs and it’s head had been smashed in.
During the police raid on the grouse moors of Moy Estate, the following was also found:
- 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 baited spring traps illegally set in the open.
- A trapped hen harrier (still alive) 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.
No charges were brought against anybody for these additional crimes.
Our previous blogs on Moy can be read here.
Moy is also home of the annual Highland Game Fair, regularly attended by certain MSPs, Scottish Land & Estates and the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association to ‘celebrate’ the activities of the game-shooting industry.
The petition to ban driven grouse shooting can be found here