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Scottish Raptor Study Group holds three day exhibition at Scottish Parliament this week

The Scottish Raptor Study Group (SRSG) is holding a three-day exhibition in the Scottish Parliament this week to showcase the group’s immense contribution to the Scottish Raptor Monitoring Scheme as well as to highlight the ongoing issue of illegal raptor persecution on and around some driven grouse moors.

This is a follow-on event from the SRSG’s Parliamentary reception held in May (see here).

[All photos by SRSG]

Sponsored by Andy Wightman MSP (Golden Eagle Species Champion), the event provides an opportunity for SRSG members to engage with MSPs and discuss the ecological and economic importance of birds of prey as well as explaining the science behind satellite-tagging and the incredible behavioural insights resulting from this conservation research.

There has been a stream of cross-party visitors so far including Environment Minister and Hen Harrier Species Champion Mairi Gougeon, John Mason MSP (Kestrel Species Champion), Bill Kidd (Red Kite Species Champion), Graeme Dey MSP, Christine Graham MSP, Liam McArthur MSP, Andy Wightman MSP, Mark Ruskell MSP (White-tailed Eagle Species Champion), Alison Johnstone MSP, Bob Davis MSP (Peregrine Species Champion).

The exhibition concludes on Thursday afternoon so if you’re in Holyrood don’t miss the opportunity to come and speak to these experts.


9 Responses to “Scottish Raptor Study Group holds three day exhibition at Scottish Parliament this week”


  1. November 13, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Fantastic job, getting right to the heart of power, has the First Minister passed through yet? Can the public come in too?
    Barry O’ Dowd

  2. 3 Fight for Fairness
    November 14, 2019 at 7:12 am

    My good wishes go to the Scottish Raptor Study Group. Perhaps they could find out the answer to the question “Where is the Werritty review?”

  3. 5 J .Coogan
    November 14, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Yes Werrity delay is very frustrating , but on the other hand can you imagine a similar exhibition being allowed in the haloed halls of the mother of parliaments , I think not ,we are still light years ahead of that mob down there.

    • 6 Dougie
      November 14, 2019 at 12:34 pm

      Scottish Parliament is not light years ahead of anyone. It is not even snail miles ahead. It’s record of improving raptor crime is appalling and it is down there in the same stink pit as Westminster. This is not a competition to show who is worst. That is the sort of drivel we are hearing from the general election contenders at present.
      Exhibitions, working groups, meetings (there has been a lot of those) and so on do not count for anything unless there are clear dividends to be seen. Is there any evidence that raptor persecution is decreasing ?

      • 7 J .Coogan
        November 14, 2019 at 3:06 pm

        I am not the only person who finds your constant anti Scottish Parliament rants tiresome.

        • 8 Dougie
          November 14, 2019 at 7:48 pm

          I am sure that you are absolutely correct.
          There are many people who purport that the Sc. Gov. does no wrong that is worthy of criticism. I have met a few who became apoplectic at the first hint of disapproval.
          I take the view that Holyrood and Westminster have much in common. They both have more cheek than a baboon’s arse.
          I don’t have much knowledge of the raptor persecution situation in England other than that the statistics show that it is dreadful, as it is in Scotland. That being so I concentrate my interest in the Scottish scene. I don’t have an agenda that would cause me to believe that Holyrood is better than Westminster at this and that or vice versa.

          Having explored Scotland’s wild places over the decades and marvelled at the wildlife it is depressing to see and hear about the cruelty and damage inflicted by criminals. Responsibility for failure of the various official bodies to effectively deal with the problem and responsibility for failing to generate legislation that would bring those behind much of the persecution to book lies with the Sc. Gov. The buck stops fairly and squarely in Holyrood.
          The fact that abuse has been rife for generations in no way provides an excuse or reason for the current situation.


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