The meeting, held on the banks of Loch Lomond, was chaired by Scottish Natural Heritage and has resulted in an agreed framework for a new international agreement to conserve migratory raptors.
Scottish minister for the environment, Michael Russell, was co-host of the event with his UK counterpart, Joan Ruddock.
Mr Russell commented: “I feel privileged to have been involved in this meeting as we collectively take a truly historic first step towards improving the prospects for these birds.”
Professor Colin Galbraith, of Scottish Natural Heritage, added: “The work that we have done over the past four days has seen governments addressing the key issues affecting birds of prey, including persecution, indiscriminate poisoning and habitat destruction.”
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The rest of this article will appear in 1 November issue of Shooting Times.