Legal loop-hole being used to deter raptors from settling on moorland in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland.

In 2006 the North West Raptor Protection Group highlighted a legal strategy now being used by shooting estates in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland to deter raptors from returning to nest at traditional breeding territories, particularly at ground nesting sites. Gamekeepers began to locate grit feeder trays filled with medicated grit used to treat worm infestations in red grouse, together with tunnel traps deployed to kill vermin placed adjacent to peregrine nesting sites.

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Tray filled with medicated grit used by gamekeepers to treat infestations of worm in red grouse

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Path used by gamekeeper leading to Grit tray installed 75 metres away from occupied peregrine nest  located in deep heather on far side of stream gully.

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Malta: Protected birds shot out of the sky on first day of spring hunting.

A number of protected birds were shot down on Saturday 12/04/2014 as the spring hunting season opened. As of yesterday, hunters legally took to the countryside but, in the process, a number of illegalities were recorded by BirdLife Malta.

Speaking with this newspaper yesterday, BirdLife confirmed that its volunteers heard shots being fired whilst observing a flock of night herons at Irdum il-Madonna, and later observed a night heron  flying with a dangling leg (a classic sign of a gunshot injury). A cuckoo had been shot down in Gozo, while a marsh harrier was seen flying with a gunshot wound to its wing.

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From 12th April Spring Hunting opened on the Island of Malta

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Presenter Chris Packham attacks Malta’s bird slaughter which has seen ‘at least’ 24 protected species killed

 Malta: The Spring Migration Slaughter of birds  continues as the rest of Europe turns a blind Eye

Chris Packham the presenter of the popular BBC Spring watch and Autumn watch programmes said it was “a sad reflection of our complacent and risk-adverse times” that his appeals to expose one of Europe’s biggest legalised bird hunts had been ignored.

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Inverness protest over Ross-shire bird poisonings

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People marched through the streets of Inverness to express anger at the deaths
A public protest has been held in Inverness following the deaths of 19 birds of prey in Ross-shire.

Tests have confirmed 12 of the 19 birds were poisoned. Will this result in changes in Scotland’s legislation providing a better and secure future for birds of prey throughout the country? This sort of atrocity just must not be allowed to continue unchallenged.

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Pair of Hen Harriers confirmed resident in Derbyshire, updated info from today’s Times.

It has been reported that a pair of Hen Harriers have settled on moorland owned by the National Trust in Derbyshire where red grouse are shot. This is indeed great news but will the pair be allowed to breed successfully and rear their chicks at this location, or will they simply disappear?

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The National Trust have now advised their shooting tenant that a pair of Hen Harriers are now present on the moorland he leases from the Trust. This is by no means a guarantee the pair of harriers will still be safe if past experience has anything to go by. On the other hand this could be a golden opportunity for this particular shooting tenant to prove that he does not employ any rogue gamekeepers.

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Howden Reservoir with the grouse moor behind

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America: State of Idaho has Federal approval to destroy 4000 Ravens

State of Idaho To Kill 4000 Ravens

State of Idaho To Kill 4000 Ravens

target: Butch Otter, Governor of Idaho, and Virgil Moore, director of Idaho Fish and Game

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Protest to be held in Inverness today over the poisoning of 10 raptors in Ross-shire

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The poisoned raptors include tagged red kites
A public protest is to be held later today in Inverness following the deaths of 19 assorted raptors poisoned  in Ross-shire, Scotland. Toxicology results have bow confirmed 12 of the 19 birds were poisoned.

Forest of Bowland moorland Safari

image005Moorland Safari at Bowland

Friday 4 April to Friday 4 July

Start 9.30, finish 1.30-2.30

Price: £5 per person

Booking essential

 

Join us on the United Utilities Bowland estate for a walk along one of the Forest of Bowland’s most stunning valleys to learn more about the international importance of the area for birds of prey and the rare upland habitat they call home during the spring and summer.Birds to look out for during the morning will include the elusive ring ouzel, a regular breeder in the valley, our smallest bird of prey the merlin and if you are incredibly lucky you may also be rewarded with a sighting of England’s rarest bird of prey and emblem of the AONB – the enigmatic hen harrier.Don’t forget your binoculars if you have some!For more details, directions and bookings, please contact Fariha Quraishi, RSPB Lancaster Office on 01524 581001 or email [email protected]

 

 

Directions

Trough of Bowland, Lancashire

Full list of dates

  • Friday 4 April 2014
  • Saturday 12 April 2014
  • Monday 5 May 2014
  • Monday 19 May 2014
  • Saturday 7 June 2014
  • Friday 27 June 2014
  • Friday 4 July 2014

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Two RSPB Staff members Jeff Banks and Blanaid Denman giving a talk on the Hen Harrier yesterday in York, the pair are dressed as Hen Harrier heroes and are asking the public to join them and become one, they have HHH on their chests.

Man arrested in connection with attempted trapping of birds of prey in Deeside, Scotland

As a result of a joint operation between Scottish Police Officers and RSPB in the Deeside area of Aberdeenshire, a 54 year old male has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with offences linked to Wildlife Crimes.  There are unconfirmed reports that following  covert video surveillance, evidence of value has been obtained which is likely to result in a prosecution being pursued.

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Israel leads the way using Barn Owls and Kestrels to replace Rodenticides

In 2013 a male Barn Owl, with two females (bigamy) and 17 nestlings that fledged, out of the 20 eggs that were laid in an abandoned waterhole on the Judean Plain. As far as we know, this is the first documented case in Israel and perhaps in the world. The breeding cycle and the photographs were recorded by Ezra Haddad, an inspector of the Israel Nature & Parks Authority. The national project on the use of Barn Owls and Kestrels as biological pest control agents in agriculture celebrates its 6th year (2008-2013) and the erection of 3,000 nesting boxes!

In 2013 a male Barn Owl, with two females (bigamy) and 17 nestlings that fledged, out of the 20 eggs that were laid in an abandoned waterhole on the Judean Plain.

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