SLE appeals for information regarding white-tailed eagles

Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement regarding an appeal for information about two white-tailed eagles in the north of Scotland.

Sarah-Jane Laing, Executive Director at Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland immediately. 

“Landowners in both the areas where the birds were apparently last located are able and willing to help in the search. We wholeheartedly condemn any form of raptor persecution and firmly support tougher penalties for those found guilty of such crimes. 

“It is frustrating, however, that more than three months has passed before the appeal for information has been issued publicly by RSPB and we await further information from Police Scotland. We believe the more assistance can be given to find the bird, and where a crime has been committed then it would surely help increase detection and prosecution. We firmly believe that this would be aided by a more independent and transparent system of monitoring satellite-tagged birds.

“We question RSPB’s decision to immediately point the finger of blame at grouse moors rather than to find out what has actually happened.  Last month, a tag fitted to a hen harrier in England stopped transmitting and an appeal for information quickly issued, with the bird eventually located safe and well following a tag malfunction.”