10:11, 12 AUGUST 2015
The young female hen harrier, part of the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project, was killed by a gunshot in a remote moorland in South Lanarkshire.
John Wright Hen Harrier, Annie, with her tag.
A rare bird of prey has been shot and killed.
The young female hen harrier had been fitted with a satellite transmitter as a chick as part of the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project.
Scientists monitoring the bird, named Annie, became concerned in mid March, when data confirmed she had stopped moving.
After extensive searching, RSPB Scotland Investigations staff, liaising with Police Scotland and Natural England, recovered the body of the bird from a remote moorland in South Lanarkshire.
It was sent to the SAC Veterinary Centre laboratory near Edinburgh where it was confirmed that it had been killed by a gunshot.
RSPB Scotland yesterday appealed for information on the crime.
Director Stuart Housden said: “It is little wonder these magnificent raptors continue to be absent from large areas of our uplands.