New hen harrier mystery
Three satellite-tagged hen harriers, two in Scotland — one in the Angus Glens and the other near Moffat — and one in Cumbria, have been reported missing.
Tim Baynes, director of the Scottish Moorland Group, said: “When the satellite tag on any protected bird [of prey] ceases to work it is a cause for concern and we support any appeal for information on these two hen harriers. Anyone with information should call the police on 101.
“It is disappointing that it has taken so long — more than three months in one case — for a call for information to be issued.
“It is perplexing for their disappearance to be linked to ‘driven’ grouse moors as there are no driven grouse moors near Moffat, and the grouse moor community in Angus has made a wide commitment to harrier conservation,” he added.
“It is not unknown for tags to stop transmitting for a variety of reasons and confidence needs to be provided to all organisations with an interest in this area. This can only be achieved by an independent body being responsible for data from satellite tags rather than being processed by organisations actively seeking restrictions on grouse shooting.”