Number of birds of prey being illegally poisoned in Scotland has fallen
According to the Press Association and the Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA), “last year, there were 10 confirmed illegal poisonings, with the loss of 16 birds of prey. The figure had represented a 42% fall from 2010, when there were 22 incidents recorded and 28 birds of prey lost.
“This year, there was only one confirmed poisoning incident in the first quarter to the end of March. A dead golden eagle, found in the Highlands in March, was poisoned using the substance aldicarb bendiocarb.”
The Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture government body confirmed there will be "no significant change between quarter one and quarter two" for 2012, with the understanding being that only two birds of prey have been illegally poisoned this year to date.
Official results for April, May and June are expected to be released in the next few days, completing the picture for the first half of the year.
Source: The Press Association
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