Alan I can understand your blog up to a certain point. Surely all gamekeepers would release any raptor caught in their traps. As for the gamekeepers that do flaunt the law yes they should be reported to the law.
I cannot see why that if a trap does not have a unique ID / code attached they become illegal. Now to me that’s bureaucracy gone mental.
Its my view that Gamekeepers should be left to reduce the numbers or eradicate the vermin that blight their profession by whatever way possible, as long as it is humane.
I have no problem with rich foreigners (even the English) coming to these highland estates and blasting these poor wee birdies from the sky, or downing a few deer or lifting salmon from our rivers, for it keeps a large number of people in a job and brings wealth and prosperity to the highlands.
I can now get down from my soap box for today.