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)hotmail.com