A wildlife charity is calling for an urgent meeting with prosecutors after they dropped charges against a former north-east gamekeeper, accused of illegally shooting a bird of prey.
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The number of crimes targeting birds of prey has dropped slightly in the last year, new figures have revealed.
A landowners' organisation has said it supported the objective of reducing wildlife crime but said it would "take time" to establish how the restriction would work in practice.
Landowners and managers suspected of wildlife crime could lose licences to trap or shoot birds on their property.
The discovery of six dead birds of prey in an Aberdeenshire field is being investigated by police.