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17

Hen harrier shot near Leadhills

Police Scotland are appealing for witnesses after a hen harrier was reported shot near Leadhills, South Lanarkshire.

According to this article in the Carluke Gazette, Police received a report at 5.15pm on 4 May 2017 that a man had shot and killed a hen harrier near to the B7040 Elvanfoot to Leadhills road.

A number of witnesses have come forward, and significant enquiry is underway,” said Inspector Martin Speirs.

I urge anyone who witnessed the incident, or saw a male near the area on a quad bike at the time to come forward.  I also ask that anyone who has CCTV in the area review their cameras. Wanton killing of wildlife in these circumstances is unacceptable“.

We’ve blogged about Leadhills and the surrounding grouse moors many, many, many times. Too many, in fact.

UPDATE 11am: More on the shot hen harrier near Leadhills (here).

UPDATE 6pm: Open letter to the Cabinet Secretary here

Photo by RPUK

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11 Responses to “Hen harrier shot near Leadhills”


  1. 1 Alex. Milne
    May 16, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Well done the police. I wonder how the higher echelons of the criminal justice system (In search of a knighthood for services to the organised criminal enterprise of grpuse shooting perhaps) will handle this? I’d love a statement from the SNP saying how they have done nothing for years to help as well.

  2. 2 Ian Rogerson
    May 16, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Will the duke be taken for vicarious liability

    • 3 Alex. Milne
      May 16, 2017 at 7:49 am

      You can be sure that there will be a tax haven between anyone in charge, as well as the upper echelons of the criminal justice system, ready and willing to step in.

  3. May 16, 2017 at 8:07 am

    It may be stretching things too far but it’s hard not to wonder whether the blatant nature of this alleged crime, it was reportedly executed within view of a public road rather than in some remote spot, reflects that wildlife criminals have been emboldened by the recent failure to prosecute even where clear-cut damning evidence was available. You can certainly be sure that, if any CCTV footage is forthcoming, then well-paid QCs will seek to have it disallowed.

  4. 5 Peter Herbert
    May 16, 2017 at 9:34 am

    The prosecutors have become corrupted by their landed gentry masters. I doubt if any real action will ever be taken until grouse shooting is banned.

    • 6 Greer Hart, senior
      May 16, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Typically for the blood sports supporting Tories, Theresa May, the Artemis of her Party, wants a free vote on Fox hunting, thus threatening to bring that horror story back into our British countryside, officially, and remove the “closet” form we have raging at present. There seems to be an intensification of cases of birds of prey being shot or caught in traps. This form of persecution of our wildlife and the threat of the return of Fox hunting, leaves many humane people frustrated and angry. There seems to be an appeasement process going on between the blood sports mob and certain of our political parties, bar Labour and the Greens. That cosiness is being seen when a criminal gamekeeper has been caught in the act of blatantly killing a protected bird of prey, or found with the chemical materials for doing so, and the case against is dismissed by the Crown Office, or if the case gets to a court, it is summarily dealt with. The Comments section of RPS has been replete with statements reflecting a complete disappointment in the Government in Scotland’s response to criticism on this subject of protected species abuse, or, on how animals classed as “vermin” are fatally disposed of.

      This brings up my constant plea for those fighting for the conservation of species, in this case, a Hen Harrier, as being a protected bird of prey, AND, those campaigning for animal welfare, to come together to finally bring the Armageddon on, that would remove those shooting estates that would not toe the line, to be removed from practice. Indeed, the British countryside requires a makeover, and assessed for what can be carried forward of our wildlife and plant life, into the future. A thorough investigation should be carried out to name and shame those in Government, the Prosecution Service, the Police and Judiciary, who are protecting the cloying and pervasive influence of those who want blood sports to be enshrined as a hallowed and healthy part of the British way of life. It is certainly not, as it is part of the reactionary force that is holding the UK back from becoming a more humanely run state. Scotland, as the Daily Record commendably exposed, a few weeks ago, has become a massacre mecca for gangs from Ireland and England, who hunt down Deer, Foxes, Badgers and domestic pets, for sport. This is being done in public parks, cemeteries and on farmland, with some farmers giving their permission to do so. We really do need a beefed up SSPCA to be in the forefront of battling these vicious assaults of defenceless animals. Centuries of inculcation of the British public, that “controlling/managing vermin by gamekeepers” is a righteous act to give us a wonderful countryside, is a load of illusory tosh. To the expert eye and the humane heart and mind, we live in a much depleted natural environment which has been turned into a menacing Hell for animals and birds.

  5. May 16, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Quite aside from the wildlife crime, wouldn’t this also constitute a serious firearms offence, bearing in mind the proximity to a public road?

  6. May 16, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Did they recover the bird?

  7. 9 SOG
    May 16, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    It’s a small protest, but it’s the only action I can take. There is mining history in the Leadhills area, and I’ve long wanted to spend time there. Which would involve a week’s self catering and supporting the local shops and food outlets. But while this is happening I shall wait. Boat of Garten, where the Ospreys are valued, will see me again instead.


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