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Wildlife expert and son die in canoeing accident

A renowned wildlife expert and his son have been named as the victims of an accident in which their canoe capsized on a Scottish loch. Michael Madders and his seven year-old son Daniel have been named as the victims who died in a canoeing tragedy on Loch Maree in the far north-west of Scotland.

Dr Madders was an expert on raptors, having studied peregrines in Cumbria and eagles in Scotland. He was instrumental in the successful reintroduction of white-tailed eagles during the 1980 and has worked for a series of wildlife organisations, including the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Scottish Natural Heritage.

He was fifty two years old and lived with his family in Bridgeview, Ross-shire

Recently Dr Madders specialised in devising field and analytical techniques to measure the responses of birds to wind farm developments. He authored more than 100 papers on the subject and been called as an expert witness at a series of public inquiries into planning applications.

Dr Madders was also a director of Natural Research, a wildlife research charity based in Banchory, Aberdeenshire.

The pair were found alive by a coastguard rescue helicopter and airlifted to the Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway, where they were pronounced dead.

It is a sad loss Dr Madders family and friends

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