Sadly, illegal persecution and killing of birds, including raptors, is still not a thing from the past. The RSPB hast just published a new report about bird crime which includes 210 reports of crimes against raptors. A special report about the illegal killing of raptors in Scotland 2008 is also available.
At least the following birds were victims of illegal poisoning in Scotland.
- 1 white-tailed eagle
- 2 Red Kites
- 14 Commonn Buzzards
- 3 Ravens
The real number is probably much higher.
Other birds where shot, including hen harriers.