NFU Scotland members have met with their local MSPs to discuss the deaths of 20 birds of prey in the Highlands.
A group of farmers and landowners from the Moray Firth area have come together to condemn the incident and have pledged £12,000 towards the reward fund for information about the deaths of the birds of prey. It has been reported that fourteen red kites and six buzzards have now been discovered near Conon Bridge, with tests showing several had been poisoned.
Speaking after the get together a spokesman said:“This is a horrifying and dreadful incident which has appalled local farmers. We want to work with all interested parties, agencies and the police to get to the bottom of this. It was gratifying that our local politicians and Police Scotland took the time to meet with us to discuss the ongoing situation.
“Farmers and landowners want those responsible to be found and prosecuted and they have shown their clear support and commitment through their contributions to the growing reward fund.
“The deaths of these birds is senseless and unacceptable and we continue to urge anyone with information to come forward and contact Police Scotland on 101.”Following the meeting, Rob Gibson MSP added:“Both locally and nationally, wildlife crime now has a much higher profile and that will help to solve this case. We want to bring those responsible to account.”