This blog has been running since March 2010. We created it for one simple reason: to highlight the relentless and illegal killing of birds of prey in the UK, particularly focusing on the close association of raptor persecution with game-shooting interests, especially grouse and pheasant shooting. Evidence is clear that gamekeepers are responsible for more illegal raptor killings than any other group in society. We have a particular interest in raptor persecution in Scotland, but we also document incidents that take place in other parts of the UK and in the Irish Republic.

So far the blog has received over 2 million views.

Birds of prey have been systematically persecuted here for over two hundred years. And even though it has been illegal to kill a raptor for over sixty years, since the passing of the Protection of Birds Act in 1954, the persecution continues to this day. It’s been happening quietly and insidiously, behind the scenes, for decades. There has been very little publicity, even on the rare occasions when someone is successfully prosecuted, and very little information has been available. We wanted to change that. Our aim is to expose what’s been going on, and where it’s been going on, and where it still goes on. Our hope is that, as more people become aware of the problem, more people will take notice, spread the word, stand up and say enough is enough.

Thanks for visiting our blog. Please read it, be outraged, and do something about it. Tell your friends, colleagues, family, neighbours about the ongoing illegal persecution of these birds. Lobby your MSP/MP. Get active on social media. Just do something.

If you want to get in touch with us privately (i.e. your message won’t appear on the blog) then please email us at: raptorpersecutionscotland(AT)

8 Responses to “About”

  1. June 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Hi, Thank you for this valuable site. Nothing compares to it on the web and is a reminder, if ever some of us need it, to the true and serious problem that we have in Scotland as to the persecution of birds of prey. My investigations and research over recent years has lead me to areas of Scotland where I have not only come across poisoned and shot raptors, but I have even witnessed a gamekeeper setting out carbofurin onto a rabbit in an area where raptors fly. At every opportunity we must remind the general public that reports of incidents involving raptor persecution are only the tip of the iceburg. Crimes against birds of prey are almost always carried out in isolated areas where the public rarely walk and it is often only chance that these poisoned or shot birds are discovered. For every raptor I hear killed then I times that by ten for those that the perpetrator of these serious crimes takes away, burns, buries or are lost amongst the heather or within the woodlands.

    At the end of August I am doing a fund raising skydive to raise funds for the investigations department at the Edinburgh animal charity OneKind and also to highlight the serious problems that we have in Scotland of raptor persecution. Please could I use this opportunity to give you the link to my skydive fund raising page. Anything that people could donate would go directly to obtain equipment to help me keep one step ahead of those that I investigate. Many thanks.

    Please sponsor me at:

  2. December 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Great blog and, sadly, a really important project. All power to you!

  3. February 1, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Thank you for taking up the cause to educate the ignorant and to advertise the misdeeds of those who do harm to such an important part of the ecosystem.

  4. 4 Anon
    May 5, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Hi there, firstly many thanks for all the great blogs and great work you are doing I do follow the site a lot although I never post. However I have come across some information recently that I feel obliged to share. Firstly I would like to add that I am an ex gamekeeper/deer stalker one who loves and protects not only raptors but all species on the ground I worked much to many of my associates dislike. I can honestly say raptor persecution is rife in the industry despite what some organisations will try and have you believe. Anyway back to the point, you will remember back in December 2010 the golden eagle found poisoned by carbufuran in glen orchy, one Tom Mckellar was prosecuted for this along with possession if 2 illegal hand guns… Min 5 year sentence for each.. I think not. Well you will be pleased to know that xxxxxxxxx….

    [Ed: Thanks for your comment. The final paragraph has been deleted – we won’t publish it without first seeing supporting evidence…but we’ll do some digging].

    • 5 Andrew Sandeman
      January 13, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      This blog is UTTERLY VITAL – I hope there are plans to ensure continuity over the years? … and thankyou for taking up the case of mountain hares; yet another thing which sickens me about parts of the shooting industry.

      PS. Link to new HH website didn’t work, will try again in few days.

  5. 6 Dod Downing
    July 7, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    What you guys don’t realise is that raptors are persecuted because they taste just so damn good. henharriers are the tastiest of all raptors , breasted, dusted in breadcrumbs. shallow fried or 180 degrees on the middle shelf of the oven. tastes just like ……chicken…..! Red Kite taste like …..shite, but i eat em to keep my diet varied. Eagle can be a bit stringy but their deep fried talons are mmmmm crunchy. Sparrowhawk Pie is excellent but you need four and twenty of them so it’s hard work killing enough to feed the family. Easier work was the making of a snowy owl 7 egg omelette. I thought they werent supposed to breed in the uk? shows how much you twitchers know……. and on a tuesay night i like nothing better than tucking into a family bucket of kentucky fried osprey. How do you like them apples ya bunch of psycho birdtwitchers. Ps…..since I started eating Goshawk eyeballs my eyesight has improved by about 75% . I reckon if the chinese find out about the medicinal value of gos eyes then we could set up a new market with our fellow man in china. FTR. Pheasants forever.

  6. August 11, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Have just sent this to the BBC, couldn’t seem to cc you in on it via hotmail address?

    Dear BBC,


    Disgraceful news reporting, so totally unbalanced. Botham & Bonner get away with total misinformation & complete fabricated lies at times. Lets see this on your news items.

    Lets get to the point. Every year close to 100 birds of prey are illegally persecuted or killed illegally, mainly on grouse moors.
    It’s very hard to prove who or what has happened, but there are still plenty of prosecutions.

    If you want some hard facts and some very sad images of what dead birds of prey, poisoned, shot, trapped & persecuted look like
    then take a look a this website – they will be more than happy for you to publish their images & articles.

    84000 people have now signed a petition to ban driven grouse shooting, its now running at 1000 signatures a day. Lets see a news article on this please.

  7. 8 rossmcbeth
    December 15, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I have some information and photographic evidence of what I believe to be widespread poisoning of mammals and through them probably raptors on a Scottish Estate(s). Can you advise on contacts at organisations I could contact to have this investigated further and to have action taken against the estate

    [Ed: In the first instance, contact RSPB Scotland Investigations Team: Tel 0131-317-4187]

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