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Bird of prey poisonings fall to record low

Maps showing where poisoned birds of prey were found in 2011 were published by the Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime Scotland (PAWS) on 14th March.  They show a drop from 22 incidents in 2010 to just 10 in 2011 and this is particularly welcome for grouse moors which have been blighted by adverse publicity about birds of prey in recent years.   To view the maps...

Douglas McAdam, Chief Executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: "These statistics reveal the lowest number of cases on record for confirmed illegal poisoning of birds of prey since we started producing these hot spot maps. This is very welcome and encouraging news and clearly demonstrates substantial progress in this area. From a high of 34 birds of prey illegally poisoned in 2006 we have seen a significant drop to only 16 in 2011, a drop of over 50%.  Last year we have seen a 42% decline from 28 cases in 2010 and this is even more significant as it occurs at a time when the Government laboratories at SASA are testing more intensively.  These results illustrate the effectiveness of partnership working and a proper evidence based approach to this area of crime."

This news was covered in The Telegraph, The  Scotsman, The Herald and the Aberdeen Press and Journal. 

The Herald, Bird of prey poisonings fell to record low last year

The Scotsman, Bird of prey poisoning at 6-year low in Scotland


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