Time to swoop

THE film recorded by the RSPB at Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, (your report, 18 February) showing individuals with shotguns shooting at goshawks and their nest, makes grim viewing.

Apart from being illegal, this attack on protected raptors is a demonstration of the most cowardly behaviour by people who really should know better.

These individuals must be known locally and responsible gamekeepers should come forward and identify them to the police so that they can be prosecuted in order to discourage others.

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Dennis Forbes Grattan

Mugiemoss Road

Bucksburn, Aberdeen