Forest of Bowland Hen Harrier Peaceful Protest Day, 9th August Dunsop Bridge,Lancashire
Your support will be critical if we are going to have any chance of preventing the extinction of this iconic moorland raptor.
The North West Raptor Protection Group will be hosting their second peaceful Protest from 10.30 at Dunsop Bridge in Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland. Join us on the village green in front of the river opposite the Puddle Ducks cafe. There is a car park near the garage and toilets.
The RSPB Northern Ireland has confirmed that a red kite was been deliberately shot and killed in County Down. The rare bird, which had been ‘adopted’ by pupils at Ballyclare High School, in County Antrim, was found in the Katesbridge area in May.
Three peregrine falcon chicks have gone missing from a nest in North Yorkshire, sparking a police investigation. Wildlife enthusiasts had been watching the chicks and their mother and last saw them on the evening of 27 May.
A Slender-billed Vulture killed by Diclofenac poisoning
The results of a study published in 2011, five years after the ban in 2006, says yes, there has been a perceptible change in the use of diclofenac for veterinary use. But there is much more work to be done for the ban to be a success and for the country to see a rise in vulture populations. The Indian subcontinent lost 95 per cent of its vultures in just 15 years. Of the eight species of vultures found in India, three – the oriental white-backed, long-billed vulture and slender-billed vulture – are listed as being threatened with extinction after rapid population declines began in the 1990s. Continue reading Effective or Not? Has the Ban on Diclofenac to Save India’s Vultures Worked?
Image by John Olley. Durham police and the RSPB have launched an appeal for information after a peregrine falcon was found shot in Bishop Middleham, County Durham last month. The RSPB is offering a £1000 reward to any person who can provide information that leads to a successful conviction.
In the last few days one Black Vulture chick finally hatched from one of the two nests built by black vultures this year in Herdade da Contenda, in Moura (Alentejo) – the first wild hatching of this species in southern Portugal for more than 40 years.
Neil Gordon Wainwright, of Norbury, near Bishop’s Castle, had been accused of using a metal Larsen trap – designed to catch magpies, crows and jays – in a bid to catch wild birds at Birch Hill Wood in Gatten, near the Stiperstones. Read our full account here.
Police have received reports of a person who allegedly was seen disturbing the nest of a Peregrine Falcon in Plymbridge Woods between 6-7pm on Tuesday 26th May. It is alleged that a man attempted to photograph the nest causing the birds to be disturbed. Although peregrines do not nest in woodland normally we have decided to publish the details provided as there may be more to this story that has been released. There also appears to be some issue with the gender of the person being sought, as it may be the person could be female? Judge for yourself.
Peregrine Falcons are protected as a wild bird under the wildlife and countryside act and disturbing their nests is illegal. Police would like to speak to the man pictured in connection with this offence.
This season has witnessed catastrophic bad new for rare breeding birds of prey on moorland in the Forest of Bowland, an area once regarded as a jewel in the crown for Hen Harriers and Peregrine falcons in Lancashire. Last September we learned about the curious disappearance of ‘Skye’ and ‘Hope’, the two Hen Harrier chicks which both vanished along with their state of art satellite tags after fledging from two nests on moorland owned by United Utilities; each harrier disappearing on two adjoining estates positioned just 2 miles from their respective natal nesting territories.
The six week old male bird underwent an emergency operation after being rescued from Loch Arkaig, Lochaber by a wildlife officer. The 6-week old chick had eaten fish hooks and was entangled in the lines, which were still attached. A SEA eagle chick has been saved from a “slow and horrible” death after it swallowed two fishing hooks. It is now recovering at the Scottish SPCA’s rescue centre in Alloa.