Police crackdown on North Yorkshire bird of prey killings

Police have joined forces with wildlife experts to combat bird of prey killings in the county with the UK’s worst record for attacks.

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Mystery deepens over the suspicious disappearance of Fred the young Golden Eagle

A young golden eagle is thought to have been killed over the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh and its body dumped in the North Sea.

A young Golden Eagle named Fred raised last year in the only successful eyrie in the Scottish borders, has mysteriously disappeared after the satellite tag fitted to the eaglet before it fledged suddenly went off line in the Pentlands Hill just 7 miles from Edinburgh. The situation has brought condemnation from Chris Packham the RSPB, and Roseanna Cunningham, the Scottish environment secretary

Fred’s satellite tag stopped transmissions data on January 21, only to resume once more three days later when its GPS location was shown to be in the North Sea, ten miles off St Andrews, Fife.

Fred was being tracked with GPS. It stopped transmitting in the North Sea
Fred was being tracked with GPS. It stopped transmitting in the North Sea

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Walshaw moor: Intensively managed for red grouse, while habitat legislation ignored.


 

Hebden Bridge resident Ros talks about about the impact of having a moor with grouse shooting near her home, as part of the preparation for our film, “Grouse shooting: Unnatural. Uncontrolled. Unkind.” You can watch the full film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RROGO…. Grouse moor owners, supported by millions of pounds of taxpayer subsidies, brutally kill and maim huge number of wild animals and leave vast swathes of precious peatland burnt dry and scarred with vehicle tracks.

This is all so that unnaturally large populations of red grouse can be nurtured as live targets for ‘guns’, who can pay more than £3,000 for a single day’s bloody entertainment.

Animal Aid’s 2016 film, entitled ‘Grouse shooting: Unnatural. Uncontrolled. Unkind’ reveals the harmful and cruel nature of grouse shooting, including wildlife persecution, environmental damage and the destruction of the landscape.

Find out more: http://www.animalaid.org.uk/go/grouse Sign the government e-petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petiti…

THE SEA EAGLE MANAGEMENT PLAN – A SHAMBLES

We reported previously on the Sea Eagle Management Plan in Scotland and this is the latest update.

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Instead of protecting the nests of the Sea-Eagle, Scottish Natural Heritage are issuing licenses to cut nesting trees down to prevent breeding taking place.

We understand that in Argyll, Forestry Commission Scotland felled nesting trees in two territories in December. At one of the territories the occupying pair predictably simply moved a short distance to another tree and started building a new nest – surprise, surprise!! Undaunted it now appears that FCS are going to cut down that nest – or may already have done so. Where is it all going to end? We predicted that this would happen so it’s no surprise that it did so. When will Scottish Natural Heritage decide to abandon such a crazy idea, a policy determined by them and carried out by FCS staff under a licence issued by them.

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A third Buzzard found dead in west Lancashire in last two years.

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The dead Buzzard removed from a hedge in west Lancashire Friday 9/02/2018

A chance discovery made last Friday by a member of the North West Raptor Group led to the location of a third dead Buzzard in the same general area near Preston where, in the last 3 years, two additional dead Buzzards had been recovered in suspicious circumstances. The female Buzzard discovered on Friday afternoon weighing one kilo. The dead Buzzard was found hanging from a branch in the upper reaches of a hedge on the side of a minor road a few miles from the Springfields Works at Solwick near Preston.

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Bearded vulture Roc Genèse is in Buseu,in Catalonia !

Roc Genèse, the first wild bearded vulture nestling ever tagged in the French pre-Pyrenees, is now in Buseu, in Catalonia – where a local NGO is promoting wildlife watching and socio-economic development based on vulture watching (see http://buseu.es/en/ ).  There is a vulture watching observatory in there, associated with a supplementary feeding station, that gathers hundreds of vultures. It is one of the sites in Europe where you can see the 4 species of vultures together (in the summer).

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When age does not matter – 48 years old bearded vulture is still breeding

Vultures are long lived birds, and in captivity some birds may reach a very respectable age, around 50 years. Now, a 48-year-old male in the bearded vulture captive breeding networks is breeding – with a new mate too.

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Good news from the Alps – early start of the breeding season and already two new pairs of bearded vultures!

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More Andean condors poisoned in Colombia, while Carbofuran confirmed in Argentina

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The first captive bred bearded vulture of the 2018 season hatched in Haringsee (Austria)

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Two days ago the first baby bearded vulture of the year hatched in Austria. As it often happens, it came in the middle of the night – at 4:00 a.m. on the 25th of January the first chick started to peck the egg at the Richard Faust bearded vulture captive breeding center, and it took around one and half hour before the chick hatched by itself.

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