Britain’s shooters must try to shoo away some birds before they can be shot for damaging crops, according to new plans from the Government’s wildlife advisers.
- Those breaking the rules could face six months in jail or a £5,000 fine
- Currently farmers only have to be ‘satisfied’ scaring crows wouldn’t work
- But soon they will have to take ‘reasonable an appropriate steps’ to prove it
- Plans slammed by the Countryside Alliance but supported by the RSPB
Continue reading Jail warning to shooters who kill crows/pigeons under new plans labelled ‘ludicrous’ by countryside groups
Caught on camera: Gamekeeper secretly filmed setting an illegal trap to snare wild birds on sprawling country estate
Dressed in camouflage and peering around to watch for onlookers, pictures obtained by the RSPB reveal the moment a gamekeeper was caught in the act setting up illegal traps to snare wild birds on a sprawling country estate.
Continue reading Gamekeeper secretly filmed setting an illegal trap to allegedly snare wild birds on sprawling country estate
The nocturnal birds are predators of the long-tailed pygmy rice rat, carriers of the contagious disease which has killed 15 since February. In a summer which has seen the deadliest outbreak of hantavirus in five years, the National Forestry Service (Conaf) is looking to ramp up the deployment of one of its most unusual weapons against the annual threat — owls.