Moorland Runners injured in animal snares

A set snare in an area of the Peak District

Snares are set to catch foxes that prey on certain birds

Calls are being made for snares to be banned after two runners were caught in the traps in the Derbyshire Peak District. The wire devices are designed to catch foxes, which prey on red grouse.

An investigation by the League Against Cruel Sports found 100 snares in the nearby area. The organisation says it also found “numerous” bodies of rare mountain hares. The estate that owns the land says parts of the snared areas are fenced in and well signposted.

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Malta: The early forced closure of ‘Spring Hunting’ shows hunters’ inability to obey the law.


At a press conference outside the law courts in Valletta yesterday, BirdLife Malta outlined why the season’s closure was a result of the hunting community’s inability to obey the law. Remarking on the illegalities committed by hunters Mark Sultana, BirdLife Malta spokesperson said: “Despite a referendum result that showed very strong opposition to spring hunting and the Prime Minister’s remarks that this was the last chance for hunters, many of them just could not control themselves and we continued to witness illegal hunting throughout the season.”

African vulture seen in Switzerland!

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A Rueppell’s vulture (Gyps rueppelli ) has been observed last Saturday in… Switzerland!

One individual from this African vulture species, more commonly associated with African savannahs than with crowded European cities, was seen sitting on a rooftop in Basel, being attacked by a bunch of crows.

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The African “Kestrel express” departed – the spring migration of satellite-tagged Red-footed and Amur Falcons has started

IMG_3733-346x250The birds tagged with satellite transmitters transmitters in Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, and Romania spent the winter in Angola, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia. At some points all of the tagged seven birds stayed in a 200-kilometre-diameter circle in Botswana, and then they spread out to an area of about 1.000.000 square kilometers (approximately four times larger territory than Romania).

At the beginning of March the birds started slowly move towards the North, to the imaginary starting line of spring migration in Central-Angola, where they concentrated again on a smaller area. From among the six birds the first five individuals has already started their migration. Hence we will soon find out from where the two birds are from, which were tagged in Eastern Romania during their autumn migration, near a roost site close to the Danube Delta. Hopefully we will find out soon where their breeding area is. Continue reading The African “Kestrel express” departed – the spring migration of satellite-tagged Red-footed and Amur Falcons has started

Scotland’s Environment Minister says ‘Wildlife Crime cannot be tolerated in modern day Scotland.’

aileen-mcleod-msp3Scotland’s new Environment Minister Dr Aileen McLeod has written an inspiring article on wildlife crime that was recently published in the Holyrood magazine. It remains to be seen in these words are converted into action!

WILDLIFE CRIME CANNOT BE TOLERATED IN MODERN DAY SCOTLAND

In the past year, between April 2014 and February 2015, almost 250 wildlife crimes were recorded by Police Scotland. That’s 250 too many. The crimes included persecuting badgers, poisoning birds of prey and trading in some of the world’s most endangered species.

There is no room for complacency – last year saw one of the worst ever bird of prey poisoning cases, with the discovery of 12 dead red kites and four buzzards in Ross-shire, which were confirmed by SASA as having been poisoned. I want to make it abundantly clear that the illegal poisoning of wildlife cannot – and will not – be tolerated in a modern Scotland.

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Malta misses a chance to end spring hunting of birds

On Saturday 11th April, Maltese citizens lost the opportunity to put an end to the controversial spring hunting of birds in their country during a national referendum. A decision that will have consequences for bird conservation across Europe and beyond.

Malta lies along the migratory route between Africa and Europe, and is an important resting place for countless migratory birds as they journey north to breed in the spring. Spring hunting has long been a contentious issue in the country: it is prohibited under EU law but successive Maltese governments have implemented a derogation allowing the killing of certain migratory birds, including rare and endangered species.

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Ospreys return to Foulshaw Moss, Cumbrian Wildlife Trust Reserve at Levens Bridge, Cumbria.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust presents their new Foulshaw Moss osprey nest-cam. The cameras have been recording successfully & here are  edited highlights of the first week of the 2015 season. Let us know what you think.

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RSPB sets ‘strict’ conditions for T in the Park at Strathallan

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The RSPB has said it will object to the staging of T in the Park at Strathallan Estate unless strict conditions are imposed to protect nesting ospreys. It has said that unless 14 conditions are adhered to it is “highly likely” that a crime will be committed under the wildlife and countryside act.

The conditions state that the Slam Tent, home to the festival’s main electronic dance music acts, and the ferris wheel must be at least 1640 ft (500m) away from the nest and that all festival staff and work sites must not come within 1640 ft of the nest until mid-June, when the buffer zone is reduced to 820 ft (250m).

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Malta: After referendum, BirdLife launches nationwide membership drive

BirdLife Malta president Geoffrey Saliba asked those who still wanted to see a hunting-free spring to make their voices heard by joining the organisation as members.

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A Blue Rock Thrush, Malta’s national bird
Precisely one week after the spring hunting referendum, which saw 124,214 Maltese citizens vote for the abolition of the season, BirdLife Malta has launched a nationwide membership drive, exhorting those who had voted against spring hunting to join.

And in the end, there is the sacred bearded vulture!

Lammergeier_-_Bearded_Vultu We invite our followers to watch this wonderful multi award-winning animated movie. It tells the story of two dedicated and very determined climbers that carry a statue of the Virgin Mary to the top of an Alpine peak in the beginning of the 20th century – until they meet a bearded vulture! The details and the video were first published by the Vulture Conservation Foundation on their blog.

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The young bearded vulture Noel-Leya is flying again in the Swiss Alps. He started for his first flight in summer 2014 in the Calfeisen-Valley. But at the beginning of winter he had some problems and had to be caught back by the team of the Swiss Foundation for the Bearded Vulture. In the Animal- and Landscape park in Goldau Noel-Leya recovered very well and could be released for the second time.

You can read the full story of Noel-Leya here: bartgeier.ch/noel-leya/e