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Bird of Prey Poisoning Hotspot Maps 2009-2013 and All Recorded Crime Hotspot Map 2013

Maps

Map 1: Bird of prey poisoning incidents in Scotland 2009-2013 shows the distribution of incidents of confirmed poisoning reported to Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) from January 2009 to December 2013.
 
Map 2: Bird of prey poisoning incidents in Scotland 2013 shows the distribution of incidents of confirmed poisoning reported to SASA for 2013 only.

Map 3: Bird of Prey Crime Recorded in Scotland 2013 shows the distribution of confirmed incidents of crimes against birds of prey recorded by Police Scotland for 2013 only.

These maps show incidents reported to SASA and/or Police Scotland, where birds of prey have been confirmed as the victims of poisoning or other crimes. Where several incidents have been reported for the same area, the number of incidents has been aggregated to show ‘hotspots’; the greater the number of incidents the larger the ‘spot’.

Tables

Please note that the number of poisoning incidents does not necessarily indicate the number of birds poisoned. For a summary of the number of bird of prey species poisoned over this period please see Table 1 below.

Table 2 shows a summary of all the bird of prey crimes recorded in 2013 and the species involved. As it may not always be possible to quantify the number of birds affected by, for example, a case of disturbance, this table shows the number of incidents.

In addition to this, some of the incidents on these maps involved the recovery of poisoned baits and poisoned corvids, as well as the carcasses of the birds of prey that were poisoned. A more detailed account of each incident is available from Tables 3-7 in the PDF booklet below, and more information is available in the Q&A about the maps project.  >>
 
Table 1: Birds of Prey confirmed poisoned in Scotland in 2009-2013 

 

Red kite

Buzzard

Peregrine falcon 

Golden eagle

Tawny owl

Sparrowhawk

White-tailed eagle

Total

2009

4

22

0

2

1

0

1

30

2010

7

13

2

4

0

1

1

28

2011

4

7

2

1

0

2

0

16

2012

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

3

2013

1 4 0 1 0 0 0 6

Totals

16

48

4

9

1

3

2

83

Source: SASA

Table 2: Bird of Prey Crimes Recorded in Scotland in 2013 by Species Involved and Type of Crime

  Species

Type of Crime

Red kite

Buzzard

Hen harrier

Golden eagle

Osprey

Peregrine falcon

White-tailed eagle

Tawny owl

Total

Shooting

2

7

2

0

0

0

0

0

11

Poisoning

1

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

6

Trapping

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

Disturbance

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

2

Nest destruction

0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1

Totals

3

13

2

1

1

1

1

1

23

Source: Police Scotland

Note: Two of the buzzard shooting incidents could not be included in the 2013 hotspot map as the incident locations were unknown. Further information can be found underneath Table 8 in the PDF booklet available below.

Additionally, a golden eagle was found dead on Oronsay in June 2012. Whilst it was initially thought that there were no suspicious circumstances, it was later discovered in 2013 that the eagle had, at some point, been shot. This incident has not been included in the 2013 hotspot map or background data as it is known that the crime took place in a previous year.

Bird of Prey Crime Incidents 2009-2013 - Incident Details

Downloadable document:

Title:PAW Scotland Bird of Prey Crime Hotspot Maps 2009-2013
Description:Printable booklet of PAW Scotland bird of prey poisoning hotspot maps 2009-2013 and other bird of prey crime hotspot maps 2013, with summary tables and background incident details
File:PAW Scotland Bird of Prey Crime Hotspot Maps 2009-2013 and Background Data - Booklet version [PDF, 2864.3 kb: 25 Mar 2014]
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