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Public funds being used to promote Glendye grouse moor

Yesterday we blogged about the illegally-set traps that had been photographed on a grouse moor at Glendye Estate in Aberdeenshire (here). We await the result of a police investigation to determine who was responsible for setting those traps (but we’re not holding our breath).

Meanwhile, as taxpayers, you’ll all be thrilled to learn that your money is being used to promote grouse shooting on Glendye Estate. This estate is listed on the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group’s website, which is part-funded with a grant from VisitScotland.

We already knew that the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group is promoting a sporting agent with a criminal conviction for raptor persecution (see here), so it shouldn’t really come as a surprise to find them also promoting a grouse moor where illegally-set traps have been discovered. In fact the SCSTG was already doing this because Invercauld Estate is also being promoted as a ‘sporting provider’ on the SCSTG website – you’ll recall that illegally-set traps were discovered on an Invercauld Estate grouse moor last summer and this resulted in what we believe to be a ‘cover-up’ by the authorities (see here).

Why is public funding being used to promote a ‘sport’ that is mired in illegal activity? It’s bad enough that public funds are being used to promote such an environmentally damaging ‘sport’ but to promote estates where criminal activities have been uncovered is scandalous. Why is the Scottish Government still turning a blind eye to what’s going on on some of these estates, despite incident after incident after incident after incident after incident after incident being uncovered? Scottish Ministers are being made to look like fools.

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14 Responses to “Public funds being used to promote Glendye grouse moor”


  1. January 19, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Ah ! But it must have been a setup by those rabid anti – countryside townies creating a perfectly staged photo !
    Those traps didn’t really exist…..

    On a serious note, time for all the authorities to have their feet held to the fire.
    The evidence now piling up will gradually put some speed on the supertanker that is UK political will [ if that’s not a mixed metaphor or similar ] , these issues really need more media coverage to shame those jobsworth ministers / SNH officers / police etc etc.
    Perhaps we can all assist with some outlet to give these crimes a wider audience ?
    Better & younger brains than mine, will I’m sure know how to do this in the internet age !

    Keep up the pressure !

  2. 2 I C T
    January 19, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    It’s bad enough that these blood “sport” estates are already receiving a fortune in publicly funded so called “agricultural grants”, without them receiving further public money to aid their criminality. How can this be justified, especially in times of austerity?

  3. January 19, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Sent to my MSP via email just now:

    Dear Mr Carson As a taxpayer, I strongly object to public funds being used to promote killing for sport, and thus subsidising the business interests of wealthy landowners. This is a disgrace, at a time when we still have food banks in Scotland. I would be most grateful if you could raise the matter of public money being used in this way, with the relevant Minister. Best regards

    Sent from my iPhone

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  4. January 19, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    This is beyond belief. The GREED, the total lack of any integrity from the Shooting industry and the criminality done by their gamekeepers must be stopped. As we all know, the estates already get huge grants all paid for by the tax payer and this all whilst the numbers of people sleeping rough rises. I wish that all the people in Scotland realised this and stood up for their beautiful wildlife and horrifically damaged countryside.

  5. 5 Peter
    January 19, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    First I must say well done to RPUK for the great job that they are doing.
    Having spent just about all of my life travelling around the world I have witnessed and been thoroughly depressed by the decline of the world’s wildlife and habitats.
    There are three constants in all of this in every country of the world.
    Ninety percent of the people don’t give a damn about it and as far as some are concerned, if they see it on TV then everything must be ok.
    Secondly if there is nothing in it for the politicians, then they won’t do anything about it. After all what they are really interested in is power and re-election, so if there are no votes in it then interest is minimal or nonexistent.
    Thirdly there is the money factor and that has some bearing on the two previous points. The fact is that whether it is Grouse or other shooting, mineral extraction, forest clearing or waste disposal etc. Money comes before everything. We live in a society driven by greed. This means that the greater majority of the world’s population do not have an ethical approach to the natural world. In other words, if you cannot put a monetary value on preserving an animal or habitat then it’s not worth keeping. How we convince people otherwise I’m afraid that I don’t know.
    In conclusion I would say that everyone that cares about our natural world must find a way to convince the rest of the population that it is worth preserving for its own sake, otherwise we will spend the rest of our lives preaching to the converted and unfortunately making little progress.
    Hopefully people like RPUK and Mark Avery will continue to make progress against all odds. Keep up the good work.

  6. 6 Tony Warburton MBE
    January 19, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    What a great comment Peter, and I couldn’t agree more. RPUK is simply fantastic and I only wish I had their energy and determination. As I am now in my 80’s I can only get more and more cynical and I frankly despair of the future for the world’s biodiversity and wild places. Today’s world is definitely not the one I grew up in and as a disciple of Darwin I have a theory that in the not so distant future humans will be born with a mobile phone attached to their ears and a very long thumb to operate it at a distance. You are quite right in all your observations about the human race now being quite content to see wildlife on the silver screen rather than putting on hiking boots (whatever happened to Dubbin?) or wellies, – hence the rise in obesity. I reckon the rarest beast on earth now is the ‘field naturalist’ (now much despised by the ‘expert scientists’ by and large). I might add that I write as a former presenter of world-wide natural history programmes for both BBC, ITV and Dutch television, and as a wildlife lecturer for decades. My verdict after all these years of trying to get the general public and governments to care about their own environments, never mind the world’s, is I am afraid my main finding “You can’t reach someone who is apathetic and replies to your pleas by saying “It’s not going to affect my life, I’m never going to see an Elephant or Black Rhino – or a Hen Harrier and Golden Eagle” (in other words because I am not willing to get off my backside and I don’t really care anyway!).

    Let me end with two true stories to illustrate that I am talking reality rather than a simple made up rant. I once had a booking to take a local school party onto a wildflower meadow to see what there was to see. They arrived on their coach and they were all wearing ordinary light shoes and none had rainwear clothing with them – and it started to rain! I was concerned about them getting soaked and being sent home sodden, so apologised and told the teacher that I couldn’t possibly take them onto a meadow full of wet grass, some of it long to enable me to show them the presence of Field Voles, “Don’t worry Tony” he replied, “we can go back to school and I’ll show them a virtual reality meadow and pull out its component parts”. And he did! So what was wrong with that? Just one thing – those kids thought that what they saw was REALITY, not REALITY. And those kids are now parents themselves who are buying their own kids I-Pads and mobile phones for birthdays and Christmas before they reach the age of 10. Why? Because the schools are requesting them to do so! How do I know this? Because I am the grandfather of 10 children and it makes me mad!

    Last story. Because I am known as a naturalist (do you remember that word?) my own two daughters were asked to see if I could provide the school with some frog spawn so the children could watch it develop into tadpoles. I did so, and after some time I was told by my girls that the tadpoles had all died. I later saw the school teacher and asked him what had gone wrong. “They seem to have drowned when they got legs” he replied, “I couldn’t understand it. The children were very upset so we won’t be doing that again”. Did you put some rocks and wood and dry land for them to climb out onto when they got legs and turned into little frogs” I asked? “What do you mean” he said, “they were frogs”! So what is wrong with that story? Answer – I live in the Lake District National Park and our local school at that time was filled mostly with children from farms. And neither they nor their teacher knew that froglets come out of the water when they grow legs and lose their tails! So what hope for urban children? And before anyone asks – my two girls tried to tell the teacher that but he wouldn’t believe them! I rest my case and salute Peter and RPUK once again. But let us continue the fight. It is all we can do, and everything worthwhile begins with a dream, so don’t give in. We always have RPUK!

  7. 9 Chris
    January 20, 2017 at 2:49 am

    Very good comments from Peter and Tony, they sum up very well how seemingly intractable this problem is. If we cannot find ways of engaging the young people of today with the natural world, the future of our planet will look quite bleak. We can’t sit back and allow this to continue…

  8. 11 Tony Warburton MBE
    January 20, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Thanks Chris, and thanks Anand. I will make sure my grandchildren get on to it. I am feeling more cheerful already!


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