Cairngorms National Park

Uath Lochans from Farleitter Crag, Kingussie

Hen Harrier death in Cairngorms National Park

23rd March 2016

Statement:

Grant Moir, Chief Executive of the Cairngorms National Park Authority said: “It appears likely from the post-mortem carried out by SRUC that a tagged hen harrier has been shot in the National Park. It is a disgrace that there are still people who think shooting a hen harrier is acceptable in the 21st century.

“Millions of people visit this incredible Park every year with 12 per cent of visitors coming here for wildlife watching earning millions for the local economy. 43 per cent of people in the Park are employed in tourism and every illegal raptor crime adversely affects this area and Scotland’s reputation. The National Park Authority will work with all our partners to try and ensure that raptor crime is a thing of the past and that populations and ranges recover in the Park.”