Red Kite euthanised after being shot


A Red Kite has died after being shot on the Lochindorb Estate in Grantown-on-Spey, Highland.

Police responded to a report of a kite being shot on the estate at 11.15 am on 27 March. The bird was collected by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruely to Animals (SSPCA), but its injuries were so severe that it needed to be euthanised.

Red Kite is specially protected by law, sitting on Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Red Kite is specially protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Ron Marshall).

Ross Ewing, moorland director at Scottish Land and Estates, said the death was "deeply concerning".

He added: "We echo Police Scotland's call for information on this matter and would urge anyone that is able to assist the police's inquiries to contact them as soon as possible. Everyone should do all they can to assist in tackling raptor crime, and the death of a protected bird of prey in these circumstances is deeply concerning."

Police officers are interested in any sightings of quadbikes or off-road vehicles in the area.

Craig Johnstone, community police officer, said: "I am asking anyone in the local community who may be able to help with our inquiries to come forward. If you were walking in the area on Monday then please let us know if you saw anything.

"In particular, if you saw quad bikes in the area or off-road vehicles, then get in touch as even the smallest bit of information could assist with our investigation."

Anybody with information is asked to report to Police Scotland by calling 101 and quoting incident number 1760, or to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.