North Yorkshire Police appeal for information to trace those responsible for death of the 8 Red Kite in the last 2 months

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Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland, a complete ecosystem destroyed.

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Mallowdale Pike.

In 2009 the resident gamekeeper took up new duties in Scotland. The following spring a pair of peregrines took up residence successfully rearing 2 chicks. The site has been abandoned

The abandonment of all known peregrine nesting territories (18-20 pairs) established in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland is now complete. Despite earlier claims to the contrary that one Peregrine nesting site remained occupied, an  RSPB officer last week confirmed to bird watchers the last known Bowland territory in the Croasdale valley had now also been found deserted. Read article, unidentified individual seen causing 2 hrs disturbance. Followed by this season’s (2016) failure to locate any nesting Hen Harriers in the Forest of Bowland on estates owned by United Utilities Plc, or on any of the additional private estates in this region, we have taken the decision to republish part of an article written by Terry Pickford which tells a sad story of the on-going disappearance of countless protected birds of prey from this region of west Lancashire resulting in the loss of Biodiversity within this important moorland Ecosystem. Not because those responsible for such illegal slaughter are trophy hunters, but because where Red Grouse are commercially shot for sport, Hen Harriers and Peregrine Falcons have been systematically annihilated by professional individuals who regard these avian predators as a threat to the Red Grouse stocks they are employed to manage and protect. By making this appalling information public both within the UK and to those that follow Raptor Politics from abroad, more people throughout the world will begin to realise the extent of the raptor persecution currently taking place on grouse moors, not only in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland, but upon most of England’s northern uplands where Red Grouse are shot as a part of a multi million pound commercial sporting enterprise.

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First bearded vultures hatched in captivity in Bulgaria feature in National Geographic!

 

The first two young bearded vulture chicks ever hatched in captivity in Bulgaria are  the stars of the Bulgarian edition of National Geographic. Both bearded vultures chicks were born in captivity, from a pair that belongs to the bearded vulture captive breeding network (EEP), managed by the Vulture Conservation Foundation, and kept in the centre in Stara Zagora in Bulgaria. Bearded vultures disappeared from Bulgaria 60 years ago, and finally became extinct in the Balkan Peninsula in the early 2000’s, when the last pairs in Greece and Macedonia disappeared.

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New paper suggests that nest guarding and supplementary feeding failed to increase productivity and survival of Egyptian Vultures in the Balkans

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Egyptian Vulture

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Young bearded vulture seen in Belgium

This week we received news that a young bearded vulture was seen in western Belgium on the morning of the 9th of May, near IJzervallei – IJzerbroeken Oostvleteren (Pollinkhove). You can find details and pictures of the bird here.

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Three bearded vultures successfully released in Andalucía, Spain

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Breeding black vultures in captivity for conservation – 2015 report

The Eurasian Black Vulture European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), a coordinated network of zoos and animal parks aiming to reproduce in captivity this endangered species and eventually release young into the wild, in which the Vulture Conservation Foundation plays an important role, has released its latest update. There are now 184 birds in 44 EEP partners across the continent, from Spain to Kazakhstan, including 47 pairs. Last year 30 pairs laid an egg, and 12 chicks hatched, of which 10 fledged and 9 survived – an improvement on previous years.

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Captive-bred black vulture “Bernardus” released in Verdon is now in Portugal

Bernardus, a young female black vulture, was equipped with a GPS transmitter before being released in the Gorges du Verdon (France) last September, as part of the black vulture reintroduction project there (see pictures). Bernardus was born in captivity in Pairi Daiza Zoo in Belgium, within the European black vulture captive breeding program (EEP), which is managed by Planckendael Zoo (Belgium) in collaboration with the Vulture Conservation Foundation.

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Bernardus has some decoloured feathers on the left wing and in the tail, so it is easy to identify.

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Wild bearded vulture nestling tagged in the French pre-Pyrenees

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New story – Is Britain being bribed by the poison companies: Watch the video

poisonWe are looking at results from Israel where natural predators are stopping the use of poison in farm crops and buildings which has been studied for over 15 years.
So why are there no similar schemes in Britain? Instead our wildlife is slowly being poisoned by secondary poisoning! Watch this pioneering video and make up your own mind.