Monthly Archives: June 2017

Shot short-eared owl at Leadhills – comment

So another bird of prey has been shot on Leadhills Estate, Biggar. This time it was a short-eared owl, shot in broad daylight at 11.45 on 31 May by a man whose description was given by a witness and who … Continue reading

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A blackbird with a penchant for building nests.

It’s a while since I’ve written about what is happening in the garden. We’ve had a young red squirrel for the past 10 days. This is the first this year so I hope it stays. It seems very settled and … Continue reading

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Blame the anti-grouse shooting activists (or are they extremists?)

I read the other day an article written by Tim Baynes, director of Scottish Land and Estates’ Scottish Moorland Forum and published in the summer 2016 edition of a magazine I somehow have completely missed on the shelves of bookshops: … Continue reading

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The Poisoned Golden Eagle and the Man from Lewis – an except from ‘The Thin Green Line’

It’s too wet for gardening today and I’m stuck in the house. The car could do with a wash but it’s my least favourite job and I’d much rather do another blog. Since disappearing golden eagles and the illegal use … Continue reading

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Ayrshire gin trap case; comments and a similar case.

I was interested in the case reported in the recent Sunday Post where a gamekeeper in Ayrshire accused of using gin traps to catch fox cubs had the charges against him dropped because of a paperwork mistake – getting dates … Continue reading

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A week of mixed fortunes for raptors

I was delighted with the news earlier in the week that, following the report by SNH into the disappearance of satellite-tagged golden eagles which concluded that almost a third of the tagged birds have died in suspicious circumstances, mainly on … Continue reading

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