The Raptor killings continues with impunity: RSPB Bird Crime 2013 published

birdcrime-2013This week the RSPB published its latest annual report on crimes against birds in the UK in 2013, the report makes for dismal reading, it seems the killing of so called ‘protested’ raptors continues and may even be gaining momentum.

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Tighter regulation of Scotland’s driven grouse shooting is necessary to protect raptors

Mr Tim Baynes of the Scottish Land and Estates Moorland Group accuses wildlife charities of speculating on the illegal poisoning case in spring 2014 involving the death of 16 red kites on the Black Isle, in his words “straining the relationship between land managers and conservationists” (“Landowners hit out at wildlife group claims on raptor killing”, The Herald, October 27 and Letters, October 27).

 He also suggests that crimes against birds of prey are declining. Neither is correct.

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Hen harrier satellite tracking programme results published by Natural England

We are most grateful to Natural England for making public their initial findings of their Hen Harrier tracking programme between 2007 to 2014.  A total of 21 Hen Harrier were sat tagged in Bowland since 2007 (including the 4 RSPB 2014 birds). Of these only 3 can be confirmed to be still alive (12.5%). Nine tagged birds went missing in Bowland and four in Yorkshire. Only one of these was reported as being recovered, Bowland Betty in Yorkshire. This bird had been persecuted.

So where are other 12 tagged birds that went missing in Bowland and Yorkshire, both notorious areas for raptor persecution?

The reliability of the satellite tagging system is very high. Why does the system demonstrate a 86% failure rate only in Bowland and Yorkshire? Why have the birds and transmitters not been found?

There are many game keepers in these areas who spend most of the year out on the fells trapping and killing what they perceive to be vermin (pretty much anything that is considered a threat to grouse). Why have they not found and handed in any of these dead hen harrier and / or the satellite tagging devices?

The public face of grouse shooting are always reminding us that the majority of game keepers are responsible operators and do not break the law, they do not kill raptors.

The NE data indicates that the minority all appear to be on grouse moor estates in Bowland and Yorkshire?

Initial findings of Natural England’s hen harrier tracking programme 2007 to 2014.

RSPB Media Release: RSPB issues challenge to shooting community as illegal bird of prey killing continues

Illegal persecution continues to deprive the UK countryside of our native birds of prey and the RSPB is challenging leaders in the shooting community to acknowledge this and taken real action to stop the killing.

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Britain’s so called protected raptors should be free to fly high in the sky, but due to persecution this is not a reality on the majority of  Red Grouse moorland

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United Utilities Plc shows how Red Grouse & the Hen Harrier can be managed successfully side by side.

This year United Utilities, northern England’s largest water utility company, proved once and for all that red grouse and hen harriers can co-exist together with the right attitude, commitment and support from landowners and gamekeepers. As we now know two breeding pairs of hen harrier each successfully reared  broods of young on moorland owned by the company in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland this year. The project was undoubtedly a milestone in conservation clearly demonstrating that one shooting syndicate, the RSPB together with a major moorland landowner have been able to achieve what many critics said was impossible . Read here the article written by Kate Gatacre recently published by the Shooting Times (not in the Gameshooter as we had been told)  which brings you up to date with all that has been taking place on the United Utilities estate in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland. Please don’t forget to leave your comments.

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RSPB Media Release:UK Government has ‘the perfect opportunity to solve some of the biggest conservation problems facing the world’,

Media release issued on behalf of the RSPB and WWT

UK Government has ‘the perfect opportunity to solve some of the biggest conservation problems facing the world’, say two leading wildlife charities

Today [Monday 27 October], the UK Government has the perfect opportunity to solve some of the biggest conservation problems facing the world in one stroke, according to experts from wildlife charities the RSPB and WWT.

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Raptors: Restrictions on suspected wildlife criminals proposed for Scotland

Alex Hogg: Measures could have 'serious unintended consequences'

Alex Hogg:  Scottish Government Measures could have ‘serious unintended consequences’

Britains’s largest mass poisoning of raptors a new twist: Unbelievable press release from police Scotland.

It has now been seven months since the largest massacre of protected raptors in Britain’s history, so far despite a huge police investigation into the poisoning  of 16 red kites & 6 buzzards at Conon Bridge, Ross-shire, no one has been charged with any crime. This week the Scottish police who are in charge of the case put out the attached media press release.

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One of 16 Poisoned Red Kites. This was an accident the police are claiming??

Appeal for information in relation to death of raptors

Police Scotland has issued a further appeal for information relating to the deaths of raptors in various locations across the Ross-shire/Black Isle area earlier this year.

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Friends of Earth (FoE) launch legal action to stop capture of beavers in Devon

Friends of Earth are using a legal  challenge in an attempt to prevent DEFRA using licences to remove beavers believed to be the first to live in the wild in England for centuries.

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The UK government propose to issued licences to remove beavers living on the River Otter in Devon. 
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Scottish Sheriff stands down in bird deaths case over her membership of RSPB link

A sheriff has stood down from a court case involving a man accused of killing birds of prey as she is a member of the RSPB.

George Mutch was due to stand trial today at Aberdeen Sheriff Court accused of recklessly killing or injuring two goshawks and a buzzard by using traps.

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