The Glorious Twelfth and the start of the red grouse shooting season is drawing closer, but, finds Nick Drainey, there is something else exercising the minds of many in the Scottish countryside - the illegal poisoning of birds of prey
Mar Lodge Estate, at 29,380 hectares, is the largest property of its kind owned by a charitable trust in Britain and is one of the most important nature conservation areas in the UK.
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IRISH venison is being smuggled into Scotland and sold as home-produced meat throughout the UK and Europe.
NEW guidelines on the use of snares have been published in a bid to ensure a more "professional approach" to the practice.
TWO men have been reported to the procurator fiscal after the discovery of poisoned birds of prey on a Highland sporting estate.
You will have noticed that this column is called shooting and fishing, with no mention of hunting. This is because hunting opportunities hereabouts are sparse unless the foot hounds are on the loose, which is not really the same as a full blooded gallop o'er hill and dale. And I really don't like horses.
QUEEN star Brian May has launched an effort to stop the return of hunting by financing his own poster campaign.
AN EASTER crackdown has been launched on the illegal bloodsport of hare coursing.
THE practice of snaring animals will not be banned, environment minister Roseanna Cunningham said yesterday.
THOUSANDS braved sub-zero temperatures to support Boxing Day hunts yesterday as campaigners called for a vote to scrap the Hunting Act.
ENVIRONMENT Secretary Hilary Benn will underline the government's opposition to hunting when he launches a campaign today aimed at supporting the current ban.
TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright yesterday pleaded guilty to hunting offences along with a leading racehorse trainer.
THE first area of the United Kingdom to outlaw hare coursing was Scotland. The Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act, passed by the Scottish Parliament in February 2002, banned traditional foxhunting, fox baiting and hare coursing.
TELEVISION presenter Clarissa Dickson-Wright and a leading race horse trainer today pleaded guilty to hunting offences.
We had an airborne exercise the other day; teaching red-legged partridge to fly. We weren't in the flat lands of Buchan to shoot large numbers, but to give the birds some practice for when the paying guns come.
CELEBRITY chef Clarissa Dickson Wright and racehorse trainer Sir Mark Prescott are facing charges relating to alleged hare coursing.
POLICE are receiving at least ten reports of hare coursing every month, despite the "barbaric" blood sport being outlawed in Scotland five years ago.
TWO men were found guilty yesterday of illegally hunting deer with hounds.
EXHAUSTED and starving turtledoves returning from Africa to nest in Europe were greeted in Cyprus yesterday by shotgun-wielding hunters delighted at a rare opportunity to blast them out of the sky.
ANDREW Barron, the first person to be convicted of hunting deer under new laws, was admonished when a sheriff said the offence by the 18-year-old from Hawick, whose dog did not actually catch a deer, was at the lower end of the scale.