Campaigners condemn ‘sickening’ killing of beavers in Scotland

Campaigners condemn ‘sickening’ killing of beavers in Scotland

ARMERS and landowners have legally killed around one hundred wild beavers in Tayside, The Ferret can reveal. Campaigners have condemned the killings as “shameful” and “sickening” and are demanding that beavers be moved rather than shot. Scottish ministers are now likely to face questions about the deaths. The official number killed under licence in 2019 […]

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Scottish wildlife at risk after £100m funding cut, say charities

Scottish wildlife at risk after £100m funding cut, say charities

Public funding for environment bodies in Scotland has plummeted by 40% in a decade, placing already declining wildlife at risk, according to analysis of government budgets. Scottish Environment Link, a coalition of more than 35 wildlife, environment and countryside charities, including the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, WWF and the Scottish Wildlife Trust, […]

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87 bird crime incidents last year and just one conviction, says RSPB

Birds of prey were shot, poisoned, trapped or illegally killed in 87 confirmed incidents in 2018 that led to just one successful conviction, according to the RSPB’s annual Birdcrime report. This persecution of raptors including peregrines, buzzards, red kites and owls is the tip of the iceberg, with many more birds vanishing in mysterious circumstances, […]

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Gruesome gamekeeper kept ‘kill list’ and dumped ‘1000 animals into stink pit’

Gruesome gamekeeper kept ‘kill list’ and dumped ‘1000 animals into stink pit’

A gamekeeper suspected of running up one of the biggest kill lists of endangered animals in Scottish history has escaped a jail sentence. Alan Wilson, 61, was convicted of illegally killing dozens of animals on Longformacus Estate near Duns in the Scottish Borders. But investigators believe animals including goshawks, badgers, buzzards and an otter represented […]

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