Posted 29 October 2016 - 08:35 AM
For those interested another satellite tagged Hen Harrier has been killed in "suspicious" circumstances and Natural England and the Hawk &Owl Trust have referred the matter to the police after an autopsy.The Harrier was a bird fledged this year and was tagged by the above organisations.The Hawk & Owl Trust is the only conservation charity whose leadership still supports the Hen Harrier plan.
Scottish Natural Heritage have just published a report confirming that the high levels of illegal killing of red kites in the north of Scotland have not changed in 25 years.
As for the petitions the Scottish parliament has been hearing evidence on the petition to licence grouse shooting and are considering referring it to the next level the Environment Climate change and Land Reform committee.
The Guardian newspaper have picked up on a report by Friends of the Earth highlighting the subsidies paid to grouse moor owners as part of the common agricultural policy-in 2015 the Duke of Westminster shooting estate received £203,000 whilst the Mossdale estate received £170,000.That estate withdrew this year from the Moorland association after film was released showing illegal pole traps being set.A licencing scheme may of course stop that entertaining juxtaposition.
The UK parliament have also just finished hearing oral evidence before the debate on the 31st.I doubt the debate will achieve more than publicity.Entertainingly the witness from the Countryside Alliance a country sports organisation, was questioned by one Simon Hart MP. Simon Hart MP receives £30,000 per annum in his role as chair of the Countryside Alliance.
To end on some potentially good news there is consultation going on considering the possibility of reintroducing Golden Eagles to southern Scotland