A detailed 20 year review of the illegal killing of birds of prey in
published by RSPB Scotland, confirms that 779 protected raptors were
illegally killed between 1994 and 2014. Scotland
In total, 468 birds of prey were poisoned, 173 were shot and 76 were caught in illegal traps. There were also seven attempted shootings. The figures include 104 red kites, 37 golden eagles, 30 hen harriers, 16 goshawks and 10 white-tailed eagles.
RSPB Scotland’s specialist investigations team has been meticulously documenting the illegal killing of birds of prey in
20 years to provide a thorough public record of the scale, location and methods
of wildlife crime. This effort, supported by an extensive body of peer reviewed
science, has shown the severe impact of criminal activities on some of Scotland ’s most
iconic and vulnerable bird species. Scotland
The report deals only with incidents that have been confirmed as involving criminal activity, either by post mortem at a government laboratory or by reliable witnesses. The number of birds actually killed will therefore be much higher (1).