In the next saga of the nesting ospreys at the T in the Park site on Strathallan Estate, Perthshire, Perth and Kinross Council has given the go ahead for the festival to take place. I was dismayed however to read in the Courier of May 13th that one of the councillors had allegedly said, “This osprey was made out to be more powerful than the 85,000 youngsters who want to come here. I don’t know a single osprey that has topped itself because it has had to move its nest. There’s an over–zealous attitude to these ospreys. We need to put things in perspective.”
If these quotes are correct this entirely misses the point that if the nesting bird is disturbed then the law is being broken. The councillor seems to be unaware that the law must be upheld as it is written, not as some might like it to be. The fact that 85,000 people attend this festival is irrelevant and does not give a reason for aspects of wildlife law either to be ignored or manipulated. The councillor’s alleged comments have caused furore and there is now a petition gathering momentum for him to resign.
I have no idea how earlier incidents at Strathallan Estate have been looked on by the police but can only assume there has been no evidence – or insufficient evidence – of intentional or reckless disturbance of the birds. For my own part, provided there is no disturbance to the birds I am pleased to see the festival going ahead.