This is the report about the electrocution of 3 Spanish Imperial Eagles (Aquila adalberti), 5 Bonelli’s Eagles (A. fasciata and 1 Golden Eagle (A. chrysaetos in the Guelmim region, Morocco November 2015. The numbers of the electrocuted birds could be even higher because these eagles were found in a small section of the power line, and also because it’s known that carcasses are removed by scavengers.
On the 21st November we published details of the movement of the captive-bred Black Vulture “Bernarnus” which had been released in September from it’s enclosure in the Verdon Valley, southern France. You are able to follow the story here. Today we are adding additional details published this week by the Vulture Conservation Foundation showing the route taken by “Bernardus” along the eastern side of Spain and onto Gibraltar. You are now able to follow the exploits of “Bernardus” by clicking on the link below.
Its a fact shooting estates, for their sporting advantage, want their pheasant to be both! Classified as livestock when being reared in an enclosed pen, but then reclassified as ‘wild birds’ when they are released into the wild to be shot; a trick houdini would have been proud. But what does this mean? When pheasants are penned shooting estates have the right to kill specific non protected wildlife to protect their livestock, but when pheasants are released into the wild to be hunted for sport they miraculously become wild birds; how can a bird propagated and kept in captivity be classified as livestock but when released be reclassified as wild? Is this something the estates have agreed between themselves, or is this dual classification enshrined in law ? For example ‘free range’ hens, are they livestock or wild? Would it be legal for beaters to flush hens into the air to be shot for sport then sold from supermarket shelves as a wild bird?
A bird of prey secure pheasant pen, capped on top by netting to prevent access from the sky.
A rare red-footed falcon has been found shot dead near Whittlesey in Cambridgeshire. Cambridgeshire Police, the National Wildlife Crime Unit and the RSPB are all appealing for anyone with information regarding this appalling shooting of such a rare protected bird to come forward. You will find the RSPB press release HERE
Police officer Sgt Phil Canning holding an illegally poisoned red kite.
?RSPB Scotland and OneKind call for full implementation of wildlife crime review findings. Charities are demanding the Scottish Government take urgent action to tighten up punishments for wildlife crime.
The European captive breeding program (EEP) for the Eurasian black vulture registered good results also this year. Zoos and animal parks in the Eurasian black vulture EEP network try to breed the species in captivity to provide the chicks to reintroduction projects. One young bird from Pairi Daiza, Cambron, Belgium was thus released last September, close to the Grand Canyon of Verdon in France, where a reintroduction project with this species is ongoing, led by the League pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO PACA Verdon). You can read the news in French here>> and here>>
Police in the Highlands are appealing for information following the confirmed death by poisoning of another red kite in the Highlands. The kite was discovered by a member of the public on farmland in the Glenferness area at the end of October. Test results returned this week have confirmed the bird had ingested an illegal pesticide.
The 2015 annual bearded vulture meeting – an annual conference of experts on this species, organised by the VCF – will take place this weekend (21-22 November) in Corte, Corsica, and will gather 80+ conservation managers, researchers, scientists, vulture overs and government officials from more than 10 countries.