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‘Bad’ buzzards and sparrowhawks

I read the following letter in the local paper the other day.  It was in response to an article by wildlife writer Jim Crumley on the lack of legal protection for the wild beaver population in Tayside. The first half … Continue reading

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Are mountain hares REALLY thriving?

There have been two interesting articles in The Courier on consecutive days. On Monday 23 March an article appeared headed ‘Mountain hares thriving’. This may be the case in some areas of Scotland, but on some estates extensively managed for … Continue reading

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A sad end to a lovely walk

My daughter Janet, son in law Sean, Molly the dog and I had a lovely walk on Cardney Estate near Dunkeld on Friday. The weather ranged between sunshine and periods of cloud, but nonetheless great weather for a walk since … Continue reading

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The latest poisoned eagle scandal – some thoughts

The poisoning of a satellite-tagged golden eagle in the Angus Glens is yet another disgraceful and disgusting crime against our wildlife committed in that area of Scotland. It is the latest in a litany of raptor persecution incidents blighting Scotland’s … Continue reading

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Culling a buzzard to protect a red squirrel?

I had a call from Mark Macaskill, a reporter for the Sunday Times, on Friday evening. He was preparing an article on buzzards taking red squirrels.  He quoted an incident, of which I was aware, of a Perthshire landowner, David … Continue reading

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Daytime hooting of tawny owls

A record of the last day of my 2011/12 wildlife survey on a Highland Perthshire estate.   Wednesday 25 July 2012.  Weather:  Dry, sunny and only a light breeze – perfect for walking What a surprise – another daytime-hooting owl. … Continue reading

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Reduce buzzards by 80% and feed sparrowhawks turnips

A VERY SHORT CHAPTER FROM WILDLIFE DETECTIVE A radio chat show prompts a discussion about the emotive issue of winged predators and why people should learn to live in peace with them if not love them. Birds of prey are … Continue reading

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