Chris Packham writes to Nicola Sturgeon and Roseanna Cunningham

Chris writes: Today I sent this letter to Nicola Sturgeon and Roseanna Cunningham. I’ve had enough of the criminal slaughter of our raptors on driven grouse moors . Please send polite emails yourself to

Dear Nicola and Roseanna

I hope you are both well in these strange and worrying times.

I’m writing about the White-tailed Eagle which has recently been found poisoned in the Cairngorms National Park , which by now you will be familiar with . And I’ll speak candidly and frankly.

We, that’s every decent , law abiding , well informed and committed conservationist in the UK, have had enough of this relentless criminal slaughter. We, and you, know precisely who the criminals are and we want you to put an end to it now. Not later, now. We are justifiably incensed by the ever growing pile of corpses which represents not only a considerably negative impact on the ecology of Scotland’s landscape, but also the vile destruction of our natural national heritage.

This increasingly high profile vandalism is not compatible with the Climate and Environment Emergency which you have declared. It is not compatible with the need to protect biodiversity and it is not compatible with Scottish Tourism. People come from all over the world to visit the Highlands and . . . to see eagles.

We cannot wait for the consultation following the Werrity Report, like so much else in life this is taking too long and will be corrupted by parties with a vested and nefarious interest in protecting their criminal element. Figures suggest that almost one fifth of Scotland is given over to driven grouse shooting and yet if Scotland’s economy were the size of Ben Nevis this industry’s contribution would be the size of a small banjo. Why are you hesitating to act against this environmentally destructive practice which is irrefutably underpinned by illegal activities?

There is not a single case of a successful prosecution for the killing of an eagle in Scotland. Not one. And yet, as your own report into satellite tracked birds revealed, a disproportionate number of these magnificent creatures disappear under suspicious circumstances on driven grouse moors . And as you know, this is just the visible tip of an iceberg of death.

You are in dereliction of your duty to protect Scotland’s wildlife. You are demonstrating a wilful blindness to a national disgrace which shames your government, people and country.

Please act now to root out these criminals and stop this cruel destruction of our most treasured birds.


Chris Packham