Following the reported death of a satellite-tagged hen harrier in the Cairngorms National Park area, Scottish Land & Estates has issued an appeal for information.
Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We are saddened to hear about the death of a satellite tagged hen harrier so soon after fledging from one of our member estates, Wildland Ltd., in September 2015. We have not seen any detail on this case and from the information available the cause of death has not been established. This undoubtedly raises unhelpful speculation about what has caused the injuries sustained by the bird and hence whether a crime has been committed or not. Clarity on this is vital. We are therefore appealing for anyone who can shed any more light on this case to contact Police Scotland on 101 at the earliest opportunity. To be very clear, if a crime has been committed Scottish Land & Estates is unequivocal in our condemnation. We understand that the police have had informal conversations with estates in the area which have been helpful and co-operative. Scottish Land & Estates is a member of the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (Scotland). We and our members are also active in the “Heads Up For Harriers” project which aims to better understand the threats facing Scotland’s hen harriers – and ultimately promote recovery of the species - by working in partnership with land managers.”