Too embarrassing for words

Following this morning’s news that satellite-tagged hen harrier Brian has ‘disappeared’ in the Cairngorms National Park just a few weeks after fledging (see here), we’ve been waiting to see what the Environment Secretary and the Cairngorms National Park Authority had to say about it, and more importantly, what they intended to do about it.

This won’t take long……they’ve said absolutely nothing at all.

All as silent as Brian’s satellite tag.

Nothing on the CNPA news website, nothing on their twitter feed, nothing on the PAW Scotland website, and nothing on the Environment Secretary’s twitter feed.

Sorry Brian, you’re just too embarrassing for words.


UPDATE 29 September 2016: Official response from Environment Secretary and CEO of Cairngorms National Park Authority (here)


14 Responses to “Too embarrassing for words”

  1. 1 Chris Roberts
    September 27, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    The SNP government and the CNPA should hang their heads in shame at what is happening to Scotland’s wildlife. Not only Birds of Prey but also mammals such as the Mountain Hare and Beaver. I have still not seen one BOP since arriving back in this country 9 days ago. An ex contributor named Grouseman may accuse me of being blind, in which case how come I had the privilege of seeing several BOP, every day, whilst in the eastern United States.

  2. 2 Alan Cranston
    September 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Well, perhaps a positive is that the longer it is left the more substance will be required. If you are going to produce the usual hand-wringing, best to do it quickly. In a world in which ‘incidents’ can reach wide public awareness ‘almost overnight’, the longer you leave it the more people might suppose that you are, well, considering your position on the matter.

  3. 3 Marion Weston
    September 27, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Shocking! A new authority that is up to the job, and actually cares, is needed! The sooner the better! Shame on all involved!

  4. 4 Don Kirk
    September 27, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    They must be in the library looking up the reference books on excuses although they have used most of them already

  5. 5 Alister J Clunas
    September 27, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Two days ago I e mailed Peter Argyll, Convenor of the Cairngorms National Park.

    The following are extracts from the e mail.

    “I welcome your piece on driven grouse shooting in the Cairngorms National Park and an acknowledgement that it is an issue that is of concern to the National Park.

    You state – “I nail my colours firmly to the mast when I say that I support the continuation of grouse shooting but this support is not unconditional.”

    I think it is beholden on you and on the Cairngorms National Park Authority to set out its stall and state what would change your and its position. The legislation on bird protection dates back to 1954, the park was established in 2003. There is no sign of any change in attitude or behaviour of those persecuting raptors.
    One more poisoned Golden Eagle?
    Two more poisoned Golden Eagles?
    Another missing satellite tagged Hen Harrier in the park?
    Just when will your patience run out?
    Meanwhile the reputation of the Cairngorms National Park continues to fall.”

    Little did I realise how soon we would see one of these scenarios come to pass.

    This makes it imperative that we have a response from Peter Argyll and the National Park other than the “head in the sand” one that is being pursued. Those concerned about raptor persecution are not going to go away nor are going to be silenced.

  6. 6 Doug Malpus
    September 27, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    They don’t use excuses! They rely on implausible facts, which, of course are all true.

    Alien abduction must be due soon as the next cause for our missing Hen Harriers.


  7. September 28, 2016 at 6:15 am

    As you would expect from the bunch of ‘dickhead’s’ that are control the environs

  8. 8 Roderick leslie
    September 28, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Maybe its time for a bit of land nationalisation – make the Cairngorms a really national National Park !

  9. 9 Mr Greer Hart, senior
    September 28, 2016 at 11:59 am

    I think we are being naive to think that protection for our Birds of Prey, and other creatures classed as vermin, is going to come to be, when the blood sports establishment reigns supreme with its extensive network of supporters. All the allegations and adduced evidence about entryism into the law enforcement and prosecution services, along with supposedly wildlife protection groups and agencies, have become a tangle of cliches.

    With the advent of Raptor Persecution Scotland along with charismatic personalties joining the fray, what was a frustrating moribund situation, has become one that has captured the public interest. There has also been a disillutionment with Scottish politicians and their parties, with their respective lack of verve and in showing some shame, that they have let an embarrassing flouting of the law on wildlife crime, come to exist. The SNP has shown that it wholeheartedly supports the game bird shooting pseudo-industry, and thereby in doing so, not addressed a several hundred year anachronistic land ownership and use blight on the progress of making Scotland more democratic. Its predecssor, Labour, sat on its hands.

    Has no one, except for the Scottish Greens, in Scottish politics examined the world scene regarding the horrendous problems facing the marine, terrestrial and atmospheric environments, and the Sword of Damocles hanging over the futures of many species of wildlife, with the Elephant, Rhino, Lion and Pangolins on the verge of extinction in the wild? All reports on the state of British wildlife are not good, with tremendous climate and development pressures, being unprecedently applied. CITES has been screaming out in the media about this situation; no one can escape such heart-breaking news. Scottish government has to realise that this country has to play its part in saving Scotland’s endangered wildlife with a more convincing vigour, and essential habitats must be conserved. Yet, here we have Mob dictating to the humane and positive majority of the Scottish population, that they can do as they please, as they will receive a slap on the wrist for breaches of wildlife crime law. The shallow interest politician always like to waffle on about the NHS, poverty, inclusiveness etc as their priorities, and that animal welfare and conservation of species, are not really important on their list of priorities. Och aye, and one Tory MSP can be away from the Scottish Parliament during an important Council Tax issue, and a former SNP lady has been attending Govan Police Station on a fraud charge. What we now require in Scotland, is a political make-up with all the various parties having eschewed support for those interests that are inimical to the progress of this country, towards being one of the most advanced countries with regard to animal welfare and conservation. We already have many show-off support for causes that are obligatory for political appearance and survival.

  10. 10 Dylanben
    September 28, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Any further thoughts on my suggestion of a co-ordinated letter-writing campaign? They can easily ignore what comes up on their computer screens but are obliged to reply to letters. We’ve got to start somewhere.

  11. 11 Stephenhiggins
    September 28, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Like the person the other day said ,the only way to hurt them is not holidy in the area ,we were considering doing a tour of Scotland ,West coast to east coat for around 3 to 4 weeks as I have just retired ,we will now go to the lakes instead. I appreciate that won’t bother the keepers (bless) but if we all do it someone will take notice. hit them in the pocket .

  12. 12 Merlin
    September 28, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Well I would have thought we would have heard something from the environment minister by now, mind you she must be very busy, there is work in her office that has been left there for a very long time, oh look!” the should I grant the SSPCA extra powers to help the police parcel”, that was there last time Roseanna was in the same office years ago, 3 other environment ministers have sat there looking at the same parcel and decided not to do anything.
    Here’s the thing, if you were to ask a classroom full of ten year olds if the police are finding it difficult to catch the organised criminals should they be given extra help and all the kids would say yes, it’s a no brainer ask anybody in fact! The only people who would disagree would be the organised criminals!
    So how is it 4 consecutive environment ministers on large salaries fail to make this simple decision, what conclusions can we take from this, why and who is stopping this decision being made, if simple decisions can’t be made what confidence can we have of these people making difficult decisions on our behalf, I do hope some MSP takes this up and asks these questions

    • September 28, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      You hit the nail…large salaries. And what do they often lead to?
      A stake in a grouse moor of course.
      To most politicians the economy is all they’re concerned about.
      Why the heck would they waste their time worrying about wildlife crime.
      Perhaps it’s time that large groups of public-spirited people headed on to those grouse moors and made a stand; Kinder Scout Mass Trespass style!

  13. September 29, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Cunningham couldn’t even be bothered to push the cut and paste tabs, so i”d do it for her.
    Her in 2009 when Golden Eagle Alma was found poisoned
    “I am truly appalled that yet another Golden Eagle has been illegally killed in Scotland – the second this summer. Illegal poisoning is simply inexcusable and while the perpetrators are certainly beneath contempt they are in no way above the law.
    “Poisoning of course poses serious animal welfare risks, but these offences also damage Scotland’s tourism industry, our economy and can even tarnish the reputations of those working in our countryside within the law.
    “The fact this eagle was tagged and the Scottish public were actively engaged in its progress, only makes this case all the more galling. The loss of this magnificent animal is a real blow to Scotland, particularly as we are renowned world-wide for our incredible wildlife.”

    and these words of wisdom from Dr Ian Jardine, chief executive of Scottish Natural Heritage, said: “We are working with police and other partners in the Partnership Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) to try and wipe out poisoning of wildlife. “It would appear that a determined minority are continuing to spoil people’s enjoyment of these magnificent golden eagles.”

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