At least a dozen different types of bird of prey fell victim to illegal persecution in Scotland last year according to a “damning” new report.

The RSPB’s 2020 Bird crime Report reveals there were 26 confirmed, detected incidents of illegal shooting, trapping and poisoning of birds of prey north of the Border last year.

The victims included six buzzards, one white-tailed eagle, one golden eagle, two peregrine falcons, two red kites, two hen harriers, and at least three different owl species, among other protected birds of prey including sparrowhawk and merlin.

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