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Three men reported to Procurator Fiscal for alleged shooting wildfowl at Findhorn Bay on a Sunday

By Garry McCartney

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Wildfowling hides at the bay.
Wildfowling hides at the bay.

A LOCAL wildlife enthusiast was pleased to hear that wildfowlers have been referred to the Procurator Fiscal for alleged Sunday shooting.

The alleged incident was first reported on the morning of Sunday, February 6. Spencer Julian is glad the alleged crime is being dealt with but warned more must be done to regulate shooting parties at Findhorn Bay.

A Police Scotland spokesperson confirmed: “Officers received a report relating to the shooting for fowl in the bay area at 8.20am on Sunday, February 6. Three men, aged 71, 55, and 49, have been reported in connection with the incident.”

Mr Julian, who said he has collected more than 5000 spent shotgun cartridges and wads from the bay, believes a fair byelaw with permits that are fair to all is required.

He said: “Six-days-a-week shooting throughout autumn and winter not only affects the animals but also the human population. A three-day shooting week would be fair to all.

“The relevant authorities need to get together and work out a byelaw along these lines.”

The southeastern area of the bay off Kinloss is favoured by wildfowlers from September 1 to February 20. No shooting is allowed take place on Sundays and Christmas Day.

Wildfowlers must abide by the codes of practice published by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC). The Forres, Nairn and District Wildfowling Association also promotes controls for wildfowling.

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