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, 2 August 2016

Illegal bird traps discovered on Deeside grouse moor

Posted on: 22 Jul 2016

RSPB Scotland has appealed for information following the discovery of illegally-set spring traps in the heart of the
Cairngorms National Park, one of which held a badly injured Common Gull.

The conservation organisation has commended the actions of two members of the public who alerted it to the distressed bird which was caught in a trap they came across while out walking, but it is disappointed that, as with many wildlife crimes, the perpetrators have yet to be identified.

During a walk down the northern slopes of Geallaig Hill, a few miles north-west of Ballater and on land managed for grouse shooting by the Invercauld Estate, on 27 June this year, two members of the public saw a Common Gull floundering on the ground. As they approached the distressed bird, they saw that it had been caught by the legs in two traps, later identified as illegally-set spring traps. Spring traps are legally used by gamekeepers to target Stoats and Weasels, when the traps are set in a tunnel with a restricted entrance to minimise the threat to other wildlife; they are not permitted to be set in the open where there is a risk to non-target species.

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