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Galloway's happy bird man wins RSPB award

Brian Nolan dressed up as a bird. Credit: ITV Border

An RSPB volunteer from New Galloway has been recognised for his efforts by the charity.

Brian Nolan, 72, is known for fundraising by dressing up as a giant bird, as ITV Border's Matthew Taylor found out when he went to meet him.

He was named one of the happiest people in the UK last year, and has now been presented with the RSPB’s President’s Award for his services.

Just six out of 12,000 volunteers receive the annual honour, which recognises the amount of work they put in.

Queensberry Estate response to illegal raptor shooting

Annie the hen harrier Credit: John Wright

Following the discovery of the body of a hen harrier, Queensberry Estate has issued the following statement.

A spokesman for the estate said:

We have been advised by Police Scotland today that a hen harrier was located on the boundary of the Queensberry Estate in April.

We had no knowledge of this incident until today and stressed to the police that we are wholly committed to assisting in any way to establishing what happened to this bird.

We are deeply concerned and mystified by this incident as Queensberry Estate condemns any form of wildlife crime and are very proud of the species and habitat conservation work we undertake.

We are aware of several hen harrier nesting sites on the estate and our keepers have been actively working to protect these birds in their habitat.”

– Queensberry Estate
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