Grouse shooting will be banned on sporting estates where birds are prey are being illegally killed, the Scottish Government has announced.
Two new incidents in which birds of prey are alleged to have been illegally killed on a sporting estate in southern Scotland are under investigation by the police.
Attempts to defeat wildlife crime unravel as gamekeepers boycott government meetings and another prosecution is dropped.
Campaigners are demanding that the Scottish Government make a decision over whether the SSPCA should be given more investigation powers.
Government moves to penalise grouse-shooting estates suspected of persecuting birds of prey have been “completely undermined” by a gaping loophole, say conservationists.