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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16105: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 24 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether the recent disappearance of the satellite-tagged white-tailed eagle in circumstances similar to those defined as “suspicious” in the Scottish Natural Heritage report, Analyses of the fate of satellite tracked golden eagles in Scotland, will result in (a) a review of the general licence used by local estates and (b) the revoking of the recently issued research licence to cull large numbers of ravens over the next five years in the Strathbraan/Glen Quaich area of Perthshire.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 9 May 2018

The circumstances of the recent disappearance of a satellite-tagged while-tailed eagle are similar to those defined as “suspicious” in the Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) report, Analyses of the fate of satellite tracked golden eagles in Scotland. The case is the subject of an on-going Police Scotland investigation. SNH will take any decisions on restricting General Licences based on information received from Police Scotland and in line with their published General Framework for Implementing Restrictions .

There is no evidence to link the disappearance of this satellite-tagged white-tailed eagle with those land managers taking part in the licensed trial in the Strathbraan/Glen Quaich area of Perthshire. SNH has no plans to revoke the licence for this trial, which has been granted initially for one year.