01
Apr
18

Angus Glens Moorland Group wins Complete Bollocks Award

Congratulations to the Angus Glens Moorland Group, winners of this year’s Complete Bollocks Award.

The group won the Conservation & Environment category, which highlights ‘the ultimate benchmark of excellence in rural Scotland’.

We tried to look on the awards website for details of this group’s achievements in this category but the website is listed as ‘UNSAFE’. Oh the irony.

Here’s some history about conservation activities in the Angus Glens. Of course, we don’t know who is responsible for any of these crimes because there hasn’t been a single successful prosecution for any of them!

2004 May, near Edzell: long-eared owl and two short-eared owls starved to death in crow cage trap.  No prosecution.

2004 May, Invermark Estate: peregrine nest destroyed. No prosecution.

2006 March, Glenogil Estate: poisoned rabbit bait (Carbofuran). No prosecution.

2006 April, Easter Ogil: poisoned buzzard (Alphachloralose). No prosecution.

2006 April, Easter Ogil: poisoned tawny owl (Alphachloralose). No prosecution.

2006 May, Glenogil Estate: poisoned rabbit bait (Carbofuran). No prosecution.

2006 June, Glenogil Estate: poisoned woodpigeon bait (Carbofuran). No prosecution.

2006 June, Glenogil Estate: Traces of Carbofuran found in estate vehicles & on equipment during police search. No prosecution. Estate owner had £107k withdrawn from his farm subsidy payments. This was being appealed, but it is not known how this was resolved.

2006 July, Millden Estate; poisoned sheepdog (Lindane). No prosecution.

2007 November, Glenogil Estate: Disappearance of radio-tagged white-tailed eagle ‘Bird N’ coincides with tip off to police that bird allegedly been shot. No further transmissions or sightings of the bird.

2008 May, ‘Nr Noranside’: poisoned white-tailed eagle ‘White G’ (Carbofuran, Isophenfos, Bendiocarb). No prosecution.

2008 May, ‘Nr Noranside’: poisoned buzzard (Bendiocarb). No prosecution.

2008 May, ‘Nr Noranside’: poisoned mountain hare bait (Carbofuran, Isophenfos, Bendiocarb). No prosecution.

2008 May, Glenogil Estate: 32 x poisoned meat baits on fenceposts (Carbofuran, Isophenfos, Bendiocarb). No prosecution.

2008 October, ‘Glenogil Estate: poisoned meat bait on fencepost (Carbofuran). No prosecution.

2009 March, Glenogil Estate: poisoned buzzard (Carbofuran). No prosecution.

2009 March, Glenogil Estate: poisoned buzzard (Carbofuran). No prosecution.

2009 April, Millden Estate: poisoned buzzard (Alphachloralose). No prosecution.

2009 July, Millden Estate: poisoned golden eagle ‘Alma’ (Carbofuran). No prosecution.

2009 August, Glenogil Estate: poisoned white-tailed eagle “89” (Carbofuran). No prosecution.

2010 May, ‘Nr Noranside’: poisoned red kite (Carbofuran). No prosecution.

2010 September, Glenogil Estate: poisoned buzzard (Chloralose). No prosecution.

2010 October, Glenogil Estate: poisoned buzzard (Carbofuran). No prosecution.

2010 October, Glenogil Estate: poisoned pigeon bait (Carbofuran). No prosecution.

2010 October, Glenogil Estate: poisoned pigeon bait (Carbofuran). No prosecution.

2011 February, Airlie Estate: buzzard caught in illegal crow trap. (see below)

2011 March, Airlie Estate: 3 x buzzard caught in illegal crow trap. Prosecution (!) but dropped after statement from suspect given to SSPCA deemed inadmissible.

2011 April, Millden Estate: shot buzzard. No prosecution.

2012 April, ‘Nr Noranside’: Remains of buzzard found beside pheasant pen. Suspicious death.

2011 June, Rottal & Tarabuckle Estate: dead kestrel inside crow cage trap. No prosecution.

2012 February, ‘Nr Edzell’: spring-trapped buzzard. No prosecution.

2012 February, ‘Nr Bridgend’: remains of buzzard found under a rock. Suspicious death.

2012 May, Millden Estate: satellite-tagged golden eagle seemingly caught in spring trap, then apparently uplifted overnight and dumped on Deeside with two broken legs & left to die. No prosecution.

2012 May, Glen Esk: disappearance of sat-tagged red kite. No further transmissions or sightings of bird.

2013 January, Invermark Estate: white-tailed eagle nest tree felled. No prosecution.

2013 June, Glen Ogil: shot buzzard. No prosecution.

2013 July, Glen Moy: illegal hawk trap. No prosecution.

2013 September, nr Edzell: unset spring trap next to bait. No prosecution.

2013 November, Glen Lethnot: poisoned golden eagle ‘Fearnan’. No prosecution.

2014 August & September, Glenogil Estate: alleged snaring offences. Prosecution dropped.

2014 October, Nathro: shot buzzard. No prosecution.

2015 July, Brewland Estate: illegal pole trap. Prosecution dropped.

2017 October, Angus Glens grouse moor: alleged suspicious incident (details not public), ongoing investigation

2018 March, Angus Glens grouse moor: alleged suspicious incident (details not public), ongoing investigation

In addition to the above incidents, there hasn’t been a single successful hen harrier breeding attempt in the Angus Glens since 2006, and the area is also one of the areas identified as a hotspot for satellite-tagged golden eagles that have ‘disappeared’ in suspicious circumstances. In addition to the eagles that have ‘disappeared’ here, and the ones that have been found illegally poisoned or illegally trapped, a further golden eagle tag was found on a grouse moor here, “whose housing had been stabbed by a sharp implement and whose harness had been cut cleanly by a sharp instrument”, according to the golden eagle satellite tag review.

Map showing the last known positions of satellite-tagged golden eagles that either ‘disappeared’ in suspicious circumstances or were found illegally poisoned/trapped, 2004-2016 [data from Golden Eagle Satellite Tag Review]

MSP Liam Kerr (Conservative, NE Scotland) is very proud of the group’s Conservation & Environment Award; so proud, he’s submitted a motion to the Scottish Parliament seeking congratulations and recognition for the group:

So far, 13 April Fool MSPs have signed it. Strangely, they’re all conservatives:

Michelle Ballantyne MSP, Margaret Mitchell MSP, Miles Briggs MSP, Tom Mason MSP, Maurice Corry MSP, Jeremy Balfour MSP, Jamie Greene MSP, Peter Chapman MSP, Liz Smith MSP, Murdo Fraser MSP, Bill Bowman MSP, Alexander Burnett MSP, Gordon Lindhurst MSP.

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21 Responses to “Angus Glens Moorland Group wins Complete Bollocks Award”


  1. 1 Mick
    April 1, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    ‘2012 February, ‘Nr Bridgend’: remains of buzzard found under a rock. Suspicious death.’ What could possibly be suspicious about the remains of a buzzard being found under a rock? Don’t all buzzards die under rocks?

  2. 2 Les Wallace
    April 1, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    The Angus Glens..where the world of driven grouse shooting has its anus.

  3. 3 Lyn Ebbs
    April 1, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    I like your Freudian slip “one of the main hotpots for ‘disappearing’ satellite-tagged golden eagles”. I hadn’t realised that was how they got rid of the evidence!

  4. April 1, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    You got me. I was sure it was an April Fools joke.

  5. April 1, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    An apt award for a real bunch of pratt’s, sadly there are far too many others like them.

  6. April 1, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    the Police are on their side. otherwise how could there be so many failed prosecutions for the same people………

  7. 7 Chris Batchelor
    April 1, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Is it simply coincidence that Braemar is at the heart of the area?

  8. 8 Homer Simpson
    April 1, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    This is fantastic, you can nominate yourself for an award.

    Also I think we should nominate some next year……… anyone got any ideas?

    From the FAQ page on the Scottish Rural Awards webpage.

    Can I nominate my own business?

    Yes! A large number of entries into the awards each year are self-nominations. To nominate your own business, download an entry form from the ‘Nominate for 2018’ tab and complete this as fully as possible.

    Nominations can also be made by people outwith the company – so you can nominate a family member, friend, or just your favourite local business which you feel really goes that extra mile for the community.

  9. April 1, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Scottish Countryside Alliance? I’d have more faith in an environmental award sponsored by Exxxon!

  10. 10 Anon
    April 1, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Aren’t we lucky then that the head keeper on an estate near where I work in northern England came from up that way? Any connection to the subsequent crash of the local peregrine and hen harrier populations is purely coincidental.

  11. 11 J .Coogan
    April 1, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    A bunch of bull shitters who use the front of charities and helping the poor in the community ( pheasant breasts and lead for the poor yum yum) to push their propaganda , and some idiots swallow it hook line and sinker .Pass the bucket.

  12. 12 Alex Milne
    April 1, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    I could hardly believe that this was not an April fool’s day joke.
    This would have to have taken place in an alternative universe.
    Perhaps this was the proof that Stephen Hawking needed to prove his theory about moving between black holes and things coming into and out of existence.
    These MSPs are certainly not in the reality in which the rest of us exist. The Angus Glens should only be winners in a competition to select the most destructive group to the environment, or the most Innocent set of organised criminals.

  13. 13 Jimmy
    April 1, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    April fool indeed

    • 14 Dylanben
      April 1, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      The 7th paragraph of The Scottish Farmer blurb on this matter quotes gamekeeper Alistair Brown. He said ‘We did not expect to win because …………..’ . Any suggestions as to what was really in his mind?

      Any chance of the extensive list of persecution cases being sent to those Conservative MPs who appear to think that the sun shines out of the AGMG’s nether regions.

      I think that you’re being unfair to the pigs – linking them with that lot!

  14. 17 Madge
    April 1, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Got to the worst place in the UK for wildlife crime and possibly Europe.

    When was the last time you heard of any police enforcement activity. This is precisely the place for NWCU to focus their attentions…..and try partnership working!

  15. 18 Flash
    April 1, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    The Scottish Farmer magazine is famously anti-raptor, usually referring to them as flying vermin.

  16. 19 Mick
    April 2, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    It seems in today’s world that if you do wrong you are rewarded and protected, law and order is a thing of the past. I can’t believe that all those cases in the Angus glens have not resulted in a prosecution, who is pulling the strings

  17. 21 Rich Eagles
    April 4, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Perhaps we should all turn up on the so called glorious 12th in vast numbers and start disrupting their jolly day out. Probably be arrested for breaking the law.


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