Looking out for Scotland's birds of prey

Welcome to ‘Project Raptor Reports’ page where we will be presenting case studies that have been taken from incidents which have been uncovered by ourselves and are related to the persecution of birds of prey in Scotland. Any incidents that we do discover may be pertinent to an investigation by the police and so it is possible that we will be limited in the information that we can report to you immediately.

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After more poison was discovered in the area of Abington and Leadhills in South Lanarkshire, this time found in the body of a peregrine falcon, Project Raptor has again visited these local communities and distributed posters alerting them to the persecution of birds of prey in their area as well as to the dangers of coming into contact with the poison.

At the end of September 2013 a buzzard was discovered by Project Raptor under a tree, just yards from a pheasant release pen in the Angus Glen area, two miles north of Nathro. A release pen is an enclosed area where hundreds of pheasants are temporarily placed which have just arrived from a rearing farm before they are let out onto the estate to be shot.There may be several dozen of these pens throughout an estate and some estates may hold several thousand pheasants ready for the shooting season.

October 2013 Hidden behind some trees in a forest on an Angus shooting estate a raptor trap has been discovered. By the trap was a pair of pliers and several dozen plastic ties. There was also some wire and the evidence at the scene suggested that the trap was being modified and prepared for use.

March 8th 2013. Project Raptor visited an area of South Lanarkshire and whilst walking on Leadhills Estate we came across a large quantity of meat that had been laced with Carbofuran. Even though it is illegal to possess, Carbofuran is still the poison of choice by many wildlife criminals who use it to target birds of prey.