SLE statement on wildlife crime report

Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates said today that the latest Scottish Government Wildlife Crime Report published today showed that crimes against birds of prey remain at historically low levels but efforts to stamp out raptor persecution were being undermined by rogue individuals. 

Tim Baynes, SLE’s Moorland Director, said: “Estates share the Scottish Government’s desire to see the eradication of all wildlife crime, and raptor persecution in particular, and we support the introduction of tougher penalties for those who engage in criminal behaviour.

“Had it not been for the actions of one individual there would have been no increase in raptor persecution and that person was thankfully caught and convicted. Scotland has stringent legislation in place to deal with these cases with increased penalties on the horizon. Raptor persecution cases are at a low level and the shooting community firmly believes that partnership working between estates, law enforcement and conservation agencies is the most likely route to achieving the outcome that everyone wants to see.”