Scottish landowners today renewed their call to support a police investigation into the ongoing birds of prey poisoning incidents on the Black Isle.
Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: ““We wholeheartedly encourage our own members to respond to the police call for information and it is important the police are given every support. We are actively facilitating that.
“We do not yet know the exact circumstances of these incidents and should not speculate while the investigation continues. However, as the police have now confirmed that there is evidence of illegal poisoning in the deaths of these birds of prey, we condemn this illegal activity unreservedly. Wildlife crime of any kind will not be tolerated by the responsible majority of landowners.
“As a member of the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates will continue to do whatever it can to help the police and the Scottish Government, working in partnership with relevant agencies and organisations, to eradicate all incidents of wildlife crime. ”
Alex Matheson, from the Brahan Estate, which operates the Tollie Red Kites watching centre in partnership with RSPB, said: “I would like to express in the strongest possible terms our total condemnation of any form of illegal poisoning. I am an active member of Scottish Land & Estates who are working hard to stamp this sort of thing out and show that wildlife crime is just not acceptable. Brahan Estate have actively supported the reintroduction of Red Kites in this area from the beginning and we will continue to do so. Over the last five or six years we have been working in partnership with the RSPB and the volunteers and we are extremely proud of the Tollie centre and the enjoyment it gives to members of the public. An incident like this, right on our doorstep, is hugely disappointing.”