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.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Five bird of prey nests 'disturbed' near Tomatin

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Police are investigating the disturbance of bird of prey nests in a forest south of Inverness.
Four buzzard nests and one goshawk nest were found abandoned in Moy Forest at Tomatin late last month.

The adult birds have disappeared and police said some of the sites appeared to have been deliberately disturbed by illegal activity.

Moy Forest is managed by Forestry Enterprise Scotland and the nests were being monitored by its staff.

'Deliberate persecution'
Insp Mike Middlehurst, a wildlife crime officer at Police Scotland, said: "Raptor persecution is an ongoing issue for the Highlands and we need the public to come forward and work with us to try and eradicate this blight on the Highlands.

"Police Scotland with partners in the Highland Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime has worked to increase public confidence in reporting wildlife offences which has resulted in increased reporting.

"In this case a partner agency has a clearly documented history of birds being at this location."

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