Gamekeeper fined £1,500 after admitting possessing a dead red kite

At Inverness Sheriff Court, a former apprentice gamekeeper was fined £1,500 after he admitted possessing a dead red kite.

James Rolfe
James Rolfe

James Rolfe, 20, who was a gamekeeper at Moy Estate, near Inverness said he found the bird of prey in a trap set for stoats and weasels but picked it up put the bird in a Land Rover rather than leave it and inform his bosses, the police, or RSPB.

The bird was not poisoned.

RSPB Scotland said it was pleased the sheriff had sent out “a clear message” that society would not tolerate “reckless and deplorable behaviour in the countryside”.

Rolfe was found with the dead red kite by police who had arrived on Moy estate with search warrants, issued under the wildlife crimes act on 3 June 2010.

Defence lawyer Iain Fleming said his client was 19 at the time and he had panicked after finding the kite dead in the trap.


2 Replies to “Gamekeeper fined £1,500 after admitting possessing a dead red kite”

  1. TIME TO SHOOT ALL GAMEKEEPERS. This outdated job should not be available anymore, leave the wild life alone, these gamekeepers are as bad as the hunting brigade they are SCUM. They should go and get a proper job and STOP murdering the wild life, evil bastards.

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