Even today, birds of prey continue to be persecuted on some driven grouse moors to such an extent it is causing population-level effects on iconic species such as golden eagles, hen harriers, red kites and peregrines. The level of criminality, which, we believe, fits the definition of organised serious crime, is unacceptable and is out of control.
Up to almost a fifth of Scotland has been made into a grouse moor. Estimates vary from 12% to over 18% but nobody really knows because there is not enough meaningful data on what land is used for.
Each year, an average of 26,000 mountain hares are killed across Scotland.