Following media reports that a red kite was found killed on land close to the Cawdor Estate, and the inaccurate and ill-informed speculation on social media, Cawdor Estate has issued the following statement.
A spokesman for Cawdor Estate said: “The Cawdor Estate was not aware of an alleged poisoning of a red kite, found in woodland in the area close to Cawdor, until we saw an RSPB press release yesterday. As we received no contact from Police Scotland nor the RSPB at the time of the discovery of the bird in 2014 nor since, we have no reason to believe this was found on Cawdor Estate land.
“Any illegal persecution of protected species such as the red kite is absolutely abhorrent and we strongly condemn anyone found guilty of such an act. Nevertheless, we regret that the RSPB press release has adopted an entirely negative slant by omitting to mention the fact that another breeding female arrived at the nest in woodland close to Cawdor Castle and has fledged three chicks.”