I've never been one to restrict myself from doing things because of other people's stupid opinions.It is 9.30pm and Gino Bernadi, the proprieter of the Shieldaig Lodge, is crouched outside our cottage, smearing jam on the windowsill.They seem more intent on continuing to raise vast sums of money rather than performing their primary role of conservation and promoting the growth of protected species.‘I admit it is years of frustration and anger boiling over.Landowners, farmers and gamekeepers have always been an easy target, blamed by the society for the poisoning and shooting of raptors. Mr Mackenzie revealed that not everyone agrees with his protest; two of his signs have been torn down, while another has been damaged.
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The late evening light illuminates a halo of midges around his head as he sets to work."That should do the trick," he tells us, bustling back inside.
"Just leave the light on, and there'll be one along in a minute." And with that, he disappears out the front, hurrying back to supervise dinner.
Undeterred, the 70-year-old, who has been joined by Peter Hingston of the Fairburn Estate, says he has encouraged estates in Evanton, Ardgay, Marybank and the Borders to add their names to his campaign.
Mr Hingston, who has erected two of the signs on his 18,000-acre estate in Ross-shire, said: ‘The intention is to raise awareness of the fact there are some people who are unhappy about the way other people are being treated by the RSPB.