Wildlife Persecution | Ian Thomson on Sat-Tags and Eagles
"The bizarre thing is that in Scotland these tags are twenty-five times more likely to fail suddenly and mysteriously than any other country in the world..." Wildlife persecution is a regrettable fact of life in parts of the countryside, particularly those areas managed for shooting. Much of it takes place just out of sight, but we can help tackle it if we know where to look and what to look out for. In this podcast, recorded in Scotland in May 2018, Charlie Moores talks with Ian Thomson, Head of Investigations RSPB Scotland, about satellite-tags (used to monitor birds of prey), Fred (the young Golden Eagle that disappeared in highly suspicious circumstances in Edinburgh's Pentland Hills), and tackling wildlife crime. Photo: Ian Thomson (left), Ruth Tingay (centre), and Chris Packham (right) in the Pentland Hills with a photo of 'Fred' taken before he fledged last summer.