‘Missing’ hen harriers raised with police

Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates said today that it has contacted Police Scotland over allegations that two hen harriers have disappeared in the Cairngorms National Park.

Tim Baynes, Moorland Director, Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We were made aware today of information that two satellite-tagged hen harriers had stopped transmitting and have contacted Police Scotland for further information.

“The estates where the birds were last located emphatically deny any involvement in their disappearance. The estates, one of which is an active participant in the Heads Up for Harriers scheme to protect the species,  had assisted police in searches for the birds but police found nothing on either estate to warrant further investigation.

“We have contacted Police Scotland to ask for further information and asked that the matter is raised through the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime Scotland. Our members are outrightly opposed to any form of wildlife crime and there is an urgent need for greater transparency and collaboration over satellite tag data which could help in finding out what happens to birds that disappear.”