Updated: 12 Maltese arrested in Sicily with dead protected birds, firearms

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Twelve Maltese hunters have been arrested in Sicily after they were caught with protected birds and unlicensed firearms, Sicilian media report.

The Maltese citizens – the media did not give their gender or ages – were held by Italian authorities at Pozzallo as they were about to embark on the catamaran to Malta.

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Toothless Natural England gives in to wildlife criminals

Government body responsible for wildlife protection issues first license for Hen Harrier ‘brood meddling’ on grouse moors.

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Hen Harrier chicks and eggs will be removed from nests, reared in captivity and released but to what fate? (© Ian Newton)

In a highly controversial move, that will seen by many as the abject failure of the government and law enforcement to tackle illegal raptor persecution, Natural England has granted its first license for so-called Hen Harrier brood management.

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No gap in law for wildlife crime video evidence, say prosecutors

No gap in law for wildlife crime video evidence, say prosecutors

No gap in law for wildlife crime video evidence, say prosecutors

Prosecutors have insisted there is no gap in the law when it comes to the use of video evidence in wildlife crime cases. MSPs on Holyrood’s Environment Committee questioned whether a review of the legislation was required after several cases of alleged raptor persecution were dropped.
Last year the RSPB criticised the Crown Office after video footage gathered by the charity was deemed inadmissible.

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An European vulture in Mauritania – and an African one in Spain

Last month some Dutch birdwatchers recorded a young cinereous vulture at Iouik (Iwik), which is located in the Banc d’Arguin National Park, north-western Mauritania. The bird was wearing a yellow colour ring, so most likely from Spain. The bird was photographed with two other scavengers, a griffon vulture and a brown-necked raven (see photo). This is the first record of cinereous vulture in Mauritania, and one of only a handful of records of this European vulture species south of Morocco: the species has only been recorded in Senegal (4 records) and in Mali, but has been seen more frequently in Morocco.

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History was made today when Bradford Councillors vote to end grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor

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Ilkley, UK – Bradford’s Labour Group voted overwhelmingly not to renew grouse shooting rights for Ilkley Moor, a move that has been strongly welcomed by wildlife campaigners.

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New paper: eggshell thickness from bearded vulture eggs from the Pyrenees decreased abruptly after 2004

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Two cinereous vultures found dead, presumably poisoned, in Dadia (Greece)

Vulture1webPoison is the main threat to vultures worldwide, as identified in the Vulture Multi-species Action Plan, a comprehensive strategic document that highlights priority for action for the conservation of 15 species of old world´s vultures, and that was recently adopted by the signatories of the Convention for Migratory Species (CMS).

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Two griffons born in Amsterdam zoo transported to Sardinia to restock the wild population

Two young griffon vultures bred in captivity in Amsterdam Zoo will soon be released in Sardinia, as part of the LIFE Under Griffon Wings there.

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Judge at Preston Magistrates Court imposes reporting ban in case involving the killing of two peregrines on Bleasdale estate.

Following representation by the defence barrister Mr Justin Rouse QC, District Judge Goodwin direct, under the Contempt of Court Act 1981, Section 4(2), “no publication of preliminary interests“, due to what he described as “inappropriate reporting of the previous hearing“.  District Judge Mrs D.J. Goodwin, has from today 10/01/2018 imposed a total reporting ban on this case until the submission of legal arguments on March 14th have been made.
 
Legal argument will now be heard by the court on 14th March, with a trial date set for 23rd April at Preston Magistrates Court.

29 eggs and counting – busy period in the bearded vulture captive breeding network!

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