Two wildlife photographers have been found guilty and fined for disturbing a pair of nesting white-tailed eagles on the Isle of Mull.
Oban Sheriff’s Court charged Yuli Panayotov from London and Ivaylo Takev from Norwich with disturbing the breeding birds of prey in May 2010. The pair were fined a total of £1,100.
The pair had erected a photography hide a short distance from the nest and disregarded warnings from both the local RSPB Officer and local holiday-makers.
Dave Sexton, RSPB
Scotland’s Mull Officer said: “Mull’s economy depends to a large extent on wildlife tourism and we welcome thousands of responsible, law-abiding visitors who respect and enjoy the wildlife they’ve come to see. But unacceptable behaviour from people who think they are above the law and choose to disturb protected wildlife, like the eagles, will not be tolerated – wildlife photographers in particular need to take note.”
Bob Elliot, Head of Investigations at RSPB Scotland said: “We welcome this result as it sends out a clear signal that wildlife crime will not be tolerated”.