A Magnificent White Tailed Eagle Reduced To A Dead Pile Of Feathers Killed

Magnificent White-tailed Eagles flying free as protected birds should but do not sadly.

Back in January we were lucky to start our New Year at the Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown-on-Spey close to the Cairngorm National Park. We enjoyed fantastic Hogmanay celebrations and when we had recovered we set off in search of the wildlife in this scenic area. One wildlife sighting really stood out, a magnificent White-tailed Eagle, what a thrill to see one here over the Cairngorm National Park and we had a wonderful view as it passed almost right over us and flapped heavily then glided away and over a distant ridge. It left us elated and confirmed that the long, well very long actually, drive from Wales to the Highlands had been worthwhile. To see a superb eagle flying over the Highlands of Scotland is a dream come true for many living south of the Scottish mountains. A few drams were had in celebration in the hotel bar and many guests were excited to hear of our eagle sighting and were planning to head out the next day to see if they too could witness an eagle over the Cairngorm National Park. This is why wildlife is so important to the Highlands of Scotland it makes visitors very happy and makes them want to return, makes them want to tell everybody about their amazing encounters. This makes more people keen to visit the Highlands so they can see a Golden Eagle, a White-tailed Eagle, and a Hen Harrier, a Goshawk, a wildcat, a pine marten or one of the other amazing creatures that can be seen with luck. Sadly all these birds and animals are killed on Driven Grouse Moors, some legally, others illegally, all these deaths do Scotland no good at all.

What a sickening sight, so sad, makes you so angry, the dead White-tailed Eagle.

Can you imagine how sick to the stomach we felt yesterday, 27th July 2020, when we heard a magnificent White-tailed Eagle had been found dead, poisoned by man using a banned chemical pesticide, in the Cairngorm National Park. We felt very sick indeed thinking it could be the very White-tailed Eagle we watched in January this year flying over the Cairngorm National Park. The eagle was fitted with a radio tracker, the reason it was found quickly before it was disposed of by whoever placed the poison bait. It was no surprise to anyone who has looked at the illegal persecution of our wildlife that this poor bird died a horrific death on a Driven Grouse Moor. These Driven Grouse Moors are a hotbed of criminal activity and we have the facts to prove this. Fact that 69 per cent of tagged Hen Harriers, for example, die on or very close to Driven Grouse Moors. It is also no surprise that the Cairngorm National Park is itself a terrible place for birds of prey to venture, so many die a violent death or vanish in suspicious circumstances. Again we have the facts to prove this there is no doubt whatsoever criminals operate here with impunity. Time and time again “protected” birds of prey are killed time and time again. Yet still no action to stop it! Surely this latest tragedy of the illegal killing of a magnificent White-tailed Eagle, a species returned to Scotland after being driven to extinction largely by those that kill wildlife for so called “sport”, should be a watershed moment? Now action must be taken to stamp out the illegal killing of our wildlife by criminals, let us not forget that is what we are asking for here, the law of the land to be upheld, it is that simple.

I am sure many of you are by now, like us, very angry indeed and wondering what you can do to help. Well, good news there are some very simple things you can do to help. First help spread the word about this latest sickening killing every way you can, talk to everyone you meet about the beautiful White-tailed Eagle killed in one of our National Parks, surely a place of safety for wildlife? But no not the case at all, especially in the Cairngorm National Park, a sad fact. Use social media to spread the word about this horrific wildlife crime, don’t simply like posts but please retweet or share them and please add your comments telling everyone we need to stamp out the illegal killing of our wildlife. It would be wonderful if you could send a polite message to Nicola Sturgeon and let her know that it is time to stand up to the law-breakers and end the sick killing of our “protected” wildlife. Please drop her a line via Twitter here…


You can find out lots more about the terrible wildlife crime that denies us the pleasure of seeing our native birds and animals in our countryside by joining in with Hen Harrier Day UK on 8th August 2020. This online event is live streamed and will be full of lots of information about Hen Harriers and wildlife crime. Great line up of speakers including Chris Packham so please take a look here…


Then join in on 8th August and take a stand for our wildlife and help stamp out wildlife crime and allow eagles to fly free over our National Parks! Surely this is not a lot to ask?

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