Highlands & Islands

Rise in discovery of dead raptors in the Highlands

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Image caption Sixteen red kites are among the birds found dead

Police investigating the deaths of birds of prey in Ross-shire and the Black Isle have said another two dead red kites have been found.

This brings the total of dead raptors discovered since March to 22 - 16 red kites and six buzzards.

Tests have so far confirmed that 12 of the birds were poisoned.

A reward for information leading to a prosecution has been added to by donations from RSPB Scotland, landowners, farmers and the public.

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