Gamekeeper Fined For Possession Of Illegal Bird Poison
A gamekeeper in Skibo, Scotland has been fined £3000 after being caught with a hefty amount of bird poison. The raid on Skibo Estate in Sutherland was carried out last year just days after two golden eagles and a sparrow hawk were found poisoned. Reports state that the gamekeeper was found “with enough poison to kill the entire golden eagle and red kite population of Scotland several times over”. Bird of prey poisonings have been a major problem in Scotland over the last few years despite the best efforts of the RSPB to combat the illegal practice. The poison in question was 10kg of Carbofuran, an insecticide which is deadly to birds after only a few tiny granules are consumed. The substance was banned in 2005 and possession is illegal. Inverness Sheriff Court heard that the only man who had the keys to the store room was 44-year-old former UDR officer Dean Barr, a father-of-two from East Lodge, Clashmore in Dornoch. Mr Barr is not charged with killing birds of prey – despite the discovery of three dead raptors on the estate – rather only the illegal possession of the poison.