Bird Poisoning Hotspot Maps in Scotland - 2005 to 2009

Bird of Prey Poisoning Incidents 2005-09Map 1: Birds of prey poisoning incidents reported in Scotland in 2005-2009

Birds of prey incidents reported in Scotland in 2005-2009 shows the distribution of incidents of confirmed poisoning reported to Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) from January 2005 to October 2009.

Summary of incidents:

All totals relate to the 93 poisoning incidents that involved birds of prey.

  • Number of birds of prey recovered was 121
  • Number of poisoned corvids recovered was 10
  • Number of poison baits recovered was 63
  • There were 78 incidents involving Carbofuran
Incidents by police force area
  • Grampian Police - 7
  • Lothian & Borders - 20
  • Northern Constabulary - 23
  • Strathclyde Police - 19
  • Tayside Police - 17

Bird Poisoning Incidents 2009

Bird of Prey Poisoning Incidents Scotland 2009Map 2: Birds of prey incidents reported in Scotland in 2009

Birds of prey incidents reported in Scotland in 2009 shows the distribution of incidents of confirmed poisoning reported to Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture, SASA, for 2009 only.

The maps show incidents reported to SASA, where birds of prey have been confirmed as poisoned. 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'.

Summary of incidents

All totals relate to the 22 poisoning incidents that involved birds of prey.

  • The number of birds of prey recoveredwas 27
  • No poisoned corvids were recovered
  • Five poison baits were recovered
  • The number of incidents that involved Carbofuran was 15
Incidents by police force area:
  • Central Scotland Police - 0
  • Dumfries & Galloway Police - 1
  • Fife Constabulary - 0
  • Grampian Police - 1
  • Lothian & Borders - 5
  • Northern Constabulary - 3
  • Strathclyde Police - 3
  • Tayside Police - 9
Please note that the number of incidents does not indicate the number of birds poisoned.

For a summary of the number of bird of prey species poisoned over this period please see the table below.

Red kite

Buzzard

Goshawk

Peregrine falcon

Golden eagle

Tawny owl

Sea eagle

Total

2005

2

14

0

0

1

0

0

17

2006

5

25

0

1

2

1

0

34

2007

10

12

0

4

1

0

0

27

2008

2

13

0

0

0

0

1

16

2009

4

19

0

0

2

1

1

27

Totals

23

83

0

5

6

2

2

121


In addition to this, many of the incidents on this map involved the recovery of poisoned baits and poisoned corvids, as well the carcasses of the birds of prey that were poisoned.

A full detailed account of each incident is available for download below.

Bird of Prey Poisoning Incidents 2005 to 2009 - Incident Details

Downloadable document:

Bird Poisoning incidentsBird Poisoning incidents [PDF, 268.1 kb: 12 Mar 2010]
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