Update - 23rd May 2014:

We are extremely grateful for the huge public support and demonstration of outrage following the illegal killing of a large number of red kites and buzzards in Ross-shire just over two months ago. Your support via this Just Giving appeal has been incredible, and we have taken on all of your comments left on this page. The collective reward for information leading to a conviction over this atrocity has now grown to £27,000 (including pledges from Scottish Land and Estates and others) - demonstrating how strong the public feeling is for tackling wildlife crime in Scotland. In our appeal, we stated that if this money was not claimed as part of the Ross-shire reward fund, it would be channelled to RSPB Scotland Investigations team to help with their work supporting the police to tackle raptor crime in Scotland. Further to a number of enquiries from supporters over progress with this case, we will now be speaking to Police Scotland to seek their advice over use of your donations to this reward fund. If agreed by the police, we will use this money shortly to fund satellite tags for hen harriers and golden eagles, to be fitted by experienced and qualified RSPB Scotland staff, as well as other high technology equipment for RSPB Scotland Investigations. Thank you for all your support in helping combat crimes against birds of prey in Scotland, from all of us at RSPB.     
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At the beginning of this month, Police Scotland confirmed that 16 birds of prey – 12 red kites and four buzzards - were found dead in Ross-shire. This number has now increased to 19 (14 red kites and five buzzards), with at least some of the birds of prey illegally poisoned.

RSPB Scotland has urged anyone with information to contact Police Scotland and the conservation charity is offering a £5,000 reward for information that leads to a successful conviction. An anonymous donor has come forward to pledge a further £5,000, taking the total current reward on offer to £10,000.

Since this announcement, RSPB Scotland has received an unprecedented number of enquiries from the public. Many people have expressed a desire to make a financial contribution to the reward.

This JustGiving web page has been set up as a response to the overwhelming level of support from the public, and to allow those who want to make a financial contribution to the reward to do so. Any contributions will be added to the money pledged for information that leads to a successful conviction.

In the event that the reward is not needed, your donations will contribute to RSPB Scotland’s wildlife crime investigations work to reduce wildlife crime and safeguard birds of prey at home in Scotland. Find out more about RSPB Scotland’s wildlife crime investigations and nature conservation work here:

RSPB Scotland press releases on the recent incidents can be viewed here:

Staff and volunteers devastated at loss of much-loved birds of prey:

Reward for information about poisonings doubled to £10,000:

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To all supporters of this page: please see page update, posted 23rd May 2014, regarding this appeal.

23/05/14 12:42

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Donations 216

Donation by Anonymous on 13/05/14

Donation by Gordon E. Goody on 28/04/14


Donation by Anonymous on 24/04/14


+ £7.50 Gift Aid

A second donation - because this appeal is not yet on the main RSPB homepage, which would have brought in many more donations to stop this barbarism.

Donation by Anonymous on 22/04/14

The government supports our cause provides me with the opportunity to help, in some small way, in the attempt to get a conviction.

Donation by Anonymous on 21/04/14


So tragic

Donation by Ben Watkins on 21/04/14


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

For truth and justice. No sum could repay the pleasure of 'meeting' eagles and buzzards when on holiday in Wester Ross, and red kites when in the east.

Donation by Ward family on 18/04/14

I can see no justification for these acts of poisoning. I would like the perpetrator(s) to be found and punished. I hope this donation will help to this end.

Donation by Gordon Fernie on 18/04/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

This is so sad.... The bigger the reward. The greater the motivation for someone to claim it! Wish I could do more. Its a shame the punishment will never measure up to the crime.

Donation by Hugh on 18/04/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Prosecute the land owners, they must know who it is, and have the most to gain.

Donation by Robin on 18/04/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Fully support all efforts to apprehend the perpetrators - they are driving Scotland back to the Dark Ages!

Donation by A. A. Pearson on 17/04/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

I regularly travel the Inverness/Ullapool route, often seeing the red kites flying overhead - the highlight of each trip. The skies have seemed strangely empty recently. These people must be caught.

Donation by Anonymous on 17/04/14


We stood silently in protest on Saturday, with many others. Our silence spoke a thousand words.

Donation by Mairi and David on 17/04/14


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Landowners need to be held culpable - this is the only way to stop this total disregard for wildlife protection

Donation by Craig Lindsay on 17/04/14


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Very pleased that RSPB Scotland are using this to show just how many normal people are appalled by this, and by Government's inaction.

Donation by Abigail Bunker on 17/04/14

A small token in the hope of justice.

Donation by Edward Hutchings on 15/04/14


The children and people of Scotland, and the many visitors to this wonderful nation,would like to see birds of prey in the skies. What right do the greedy few have to deny everyone such pleasure?

Donation by Gary Brian Prescott on 15/04/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Bloody disgrace. We need to find who did this dreadful thing. I hope the shooting and agriculture community are just as revulsed and turn whoever did it in. Back to the bad old days,

Donation by Barbara Young, Baroness Young do Old Sco on 13/04/14


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 13/04/14


We must support the RSPB's work to stop the illegal killing of birds of prey!

Donation by William Stephens on 12/04/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Utterly heartbreaking

Donation by Ian & Diane Hastie on 12/04/14

keep the press pressure up. I wont be able to make it to Inverness today but my sister will. I hope many more will too. Good Luck from the Isle of Man

Donation by Jonny L Nash on 12/04/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

get the b*stards

Donation by Jaz on 12/04/14


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Utterly tragic. Very angry. The perpetrator deserves the severest sentence.

Donation by Cassy McCleave on 12/04/14

we have to do all we can to stop this slaughter. there is and never can be any reason for it. someone will be brought to justice for their selfish greedy act

Donation by Anonymous on 11/04/14

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£5,423.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£5,423.00
  • Gift Aid£1,188.75

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