Scottish keeper was found guilty last week of possessing more than 10kg of a highly toxic banned pesticide.

The conviction of Dean Barr, who worked on the Skibo Estate in east Sutherland, came on the same day as another Scottish estate worker pleaded guilty to the possession of a dead red kite found in his vehicle.

Northern Constabulary?s wildlife crime co-ordinator, Chief Inspector Matthew Reiss, said: ?Northern Constabulary is committed to tackling crimes against wildlife. This type of crime is treated extremely seriously.

?We will continue to carry out these types of operations and appeal to anyone with information about wildlife crime to contact their nearest police station.?

Mr Barr was convicted after police found large quantities of Carbofuran in a locked store. Investigations had begun after the discovery of a number of dead birds of prey on the estate, but no charges have been made in connection with these incidents.

The rest of this article appears in 1st June issue of Shooting Times.

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