Tests on a bird of prey found dead on Sheriffmuir, near Stirling, have revealed that the animal was poisoned.

A buzzard
The buzzard was found by a member of the public in September

The buzzard was found by a member of the public in September.

Police said they were treating the incident as an “intentional killing” after tests proved the bird had ingested poison.

They have appealed to visitors to the Ochil Hills and the Sheriffmuir area to contact them if they have any information about the killing.

Police Insp Gerry McMenemy said:

“The buzzard was found by a member of the public and subsequent investigations proved the bird had been killed by ingestion of poison.

“We are treating the incident as an intentional killing of a protected bird and are appealing for anyone who has any information that may be relevant to this crime to contact us.”



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Police are investigating allegations that an eagle’s nest was destroyed in Angus, the BBC has learned.

Felled tree which it is claimed white-tailed eagles had been building a nest in
It has been alleged that a tree containing a white-tailed eagle’s nest was felled


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‘Barely Alive’ Otter Cub Recovering

Cally 1A tiny otter cub is making a remarkable recovery in Scottish SPCA care after being found close to death in a car park.

We were alerted to the plight of the seven week old female otter cub when a couple found her lying on the ground motionless in a forestry commission car park at Taynuilt, Argyll and Bute, on New Year’s Day.

Claire Shorthose, an auxiliary inspector for the Scottish SPCA and a practising vet, responded to the call and immediately administered warmed fluids and glucose.

Inspector Shorthose said,

“The couple who found the otter cub took her home and kept her warm until I arrived.

“She was barely alive and in a hypothermic and hypoglycaemic state. I had to stop the van to revive her during the journey but thankfully she pulled through.

“I cared for her until she was stable enough to be transported to our National Wildlife Rescue Centre near Alloa where she is continuing her recovery.”

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Row Over Salmon Sea Lice Research

The study examined the survival rates of free ranging salmon

A row has broken out over research that suggested large numbers of free ranging salmon are being killed by parasitic sea lice in European waters every year.

The international study involving the University of St Andrews said the parasite was responsible for an average of 39% of all salmon deaths at sea.

Angling groups claimed this confirmed the impact of fish farms on salmon.

The Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (SSPO) and St Andrews have now clashed over the results.

The SSPO has written to the university demanding a retraction of the press release issued to publicise the research, and also an apology.

The organisation said ocean mortality of salmon was widely recognised to be at more than 95%, with sea lice representing 1-2% of deaths according to previous scientific studies.

It added that declines in numbers of wild salmon to Scottish rivers to spawn had affected the east coast, where there are no salmon farms, as well as other parts of the country.

Prof Phil Thomas, chairman of SSPO, accused the university of making “a major blunder”.

The University of St Andrews said it stood by its part in the research and its press release.

It added:

“The central, unequivocal finding of this research paper, as presented in our press release, is that parasites such as sea lice are responsible for an average of 39% of all salmon deaths at sea.”

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