New hen har­rier mys­tery

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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.”

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