Following a press release issued on Wednesday 17 August by RSPB Scotland about a missing satellite tagged hen harrier, the Scottish Moorland Group has issued the following statement.
Tim Baynes, Director of the Scottish Moorland Group, said: “We are as concerned as anyone when a satellite tagged bird goes missing and particularly in this case because the bird was part of a project involving Scottish Land & Estates and our members. This bird was tagged on one of our member estates as part of the Heads Up for Harriers project. We are contacting our partners in the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW Scotland) to find out more. Estates in the area where the bird went missing are also concerned but have not been approached by RSPB to help in any search. They are unaware of any incident and would be willing to help. We would ask anyone with further information on this to contact Scottish Land & Estates or PAW Scotland.”