Gruesome gamekeeper kept ‘kill list’ and dumped ‘1000 animals into stink pit’

A gamekeeper suspected of running up one of the biggest kill lists of endangered animals in Scottish history has escaped a jail sentence. Alan Wilson, 61, was convicted of illegally killing dozens of animals on Longformacus Estate near Duns in the Scottish Borders . But investigators believe animals including goshawks, badgers, buzzards and an otter represented only the tip …

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Gamekeeper Alan Wilson sentenced

Alan Wilson sentenced for wildlife offences in Scottish Borders 19th August 2019 Police Scotland welcomes the sentencing today, Monday 19th August, of Alan Wilson who committed an array of offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 that included the illegal killing of protected species. The gamekeeper, who worked on the Longformacus Estate close to …

‘Ruthless cull’: Hundreds of thousands of animals being killed on private estates to protect grouse shooting, Chris Packham says

31st July 2019 Foxes, stoats, weasels and mountain hares ‘ruthlessly’ targeted alongside illegal killings of protected species, says TV presenter. Hundreds of thousands of animals including foxes, weasels and stoats are being legally killed in the UK to protect grouse moors, naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham has claimed. Packham was speaking to The Independent …

WTF? – Hen harrier chicks to be reared in captivity to placate grouse moor owners

6th June Hen harrier chicks will be removed from their parents and reared in captivity this summer in a controversial “brood management” scheme to placate grouse moor owners. Removing young hen harriers from nests on grouse moors is designed to prevent concentrations of the bird of prey on grouse shooting estates. Stopping hen harriers from …

Gamekeeper accused of shooting rare birds, badgers and otter

27th may 2019 A GAMEKEEPER has been accused of 12 wildlife offences at Jedburgh Sheriff Court. Alan Wilson is charged with shooting two goshwaks, four buzzards, a peregrine falcon, three badgers and an otter at Henlaw Wood, Longformacus. between March 2016, and May 2017. The 60-year-old also faces charges of using a snare likely to …