Skylar the hen harrier was satellite tagged by the RSPB and has been missing since February. This is extremely sad news and it follows a regular pattern of Scotland's birds of prey who go missing under suspicious circumstances.
Dr Cathleen Thomas, RSPB’s Hen Harrier LIFE Project manager said:
“Her disappearance follows a depressingly familiar pattern. Her tag was working as expected, then suddenly stopped. There have been no further transmissions, and the bird’s body has not been located. Had she died of natural causes, we would have expected the transmitter to continue working allowing us to recover her body. Sadly, we’ll probably never know exactly what has happened to Skylar.”
On this day Revive is reiterating our call for radical reform of Scotland's driven grouse moors to end the circle of destruction associated with the intensive management practices. We have written to the regional MSPs as well as the constituency MSP about this and requested meetings.
This distressing case is just one of many cases of birds of prey going missing, and just one of many reasons why significant reform is so necessary.
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Read more from the RSPB here.