As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Blame game begins over 'horrendous' Scottish wildlife crime

MSPs clash over how culpable landowners and estate managers are for recent spate of apparently deliberate raptor poisonings

By Ben Riley-Smith, Scottish Political Reporter

5:59AM BST 07 May 2014

A row over the culpability of Scottish landowners for "horrendous" wildlife crime has broke out in Holyrood as MSPs debated a recent spate of raptor poisonings.

Claire Baker, a Labour MSP, pointed the finger at estate management teams, saying there were elements that believed such actions against birds of prey were both "acceptable" and "necessary".

But Alex Ferguson, a Tory MSP, warned against attempts to turn the problem into an "us and them" issue, suggesting wildlife groups were "whipping up" hostility towards landowners and gamekeepers.

Scottish Land & Estates, which represents the country's landowners, later released a statement saying it was "too simple" to blame recent incidents on land management.

The dispute came as MSPs united in their condemnation of recent raptor poisonings during a Holyrood debate on how best to tackle the problem.

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