Cyprus: The Barn Owl project: From small beginnings to a national action plan.

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It is always rewarding to see the smile on a farmer’s face when they hear that a Barn Owl has occupied “their” nest box. Since 2015, we’ve been installing Barn Owl boxes in collaboration with farmers and farming communities with funding from the Tasso Leventis Conservation Foundation. The aim is to turn to a wildlife-friendly method when it comes to controlling rodent populations.

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Buccleuch to sell Langholm moor

Buccleuch Estate Press Release 30 May 2019

LAND TO BE MARKETED FOR SALE ON BUCCLEUCH’S BORDERS ESTATE

Buccleuch announced today it intends to sell a substantial landholding the Scottish Borders, including Langholm Moor.

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Part of the Langholm Estate

Following a review of land on its estates, 25,000 acres – stretching from Auchenrivock in the south to Hartsgarth in the north – are being marketed from Buccleuch’s Borders Estate. Alongside the Moor, much of the area is currently part of Buccleuch’s farming operation. There are also a small number of farm tenancies, which will continue as they are under new ownerships and blocks of forestry.

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Two’s a crowd.

Watching Spring watch last night millions of viewers will have witnessed the unnecessary death of a Golden Eagle chick in Stirlingshire. It was filmed in a tree eyrie as part of a scientific test to see if new clear felling of Sitka Spruce would benefit food for eagles at large with the expected doubling of Scotland’s forest cover.
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Female Golden Eagle feeding one of her two chicks.
Film crews are asked to allow nature to take its natural course, regardless of what seems to have been a cruel aspect of nature when 2 chicks become one. Some people watching the programme may have thought allowing one eaglet to die unnecessarily as irresponsible, and a waste of what could have been a valuable asset to a reintroduction project?

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RSPB Press Release today: Another Hen Harrier disappears in the Cairngorm National Park

RSPB Scotland are appealing for information following the sudden disappearance of a young hen harrier in an area notorious for bird of prey persecution.

The female harrier, named Marci, was satellite tagged as a chick in 2018 as part of the RSPB’s Hen Harrier LIFE project. She fledged from a nest on National Trust for Scotland’s Mar Lodge estate, and the project had been tracking her movements until the tag stopped transmitting on 22nd April 2019.

[Hen harrier Marci, photo by Shaila Rao]
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RSPB Press Release: Raven found shot in Cheshire, 16 May 2019

A protected raven has been found illegally shot near Delamere Forest, Cheshire, triggering a police investigation.

The bird was found in a field by a man walking his dog along the edge of the forest. The bird had no head but had no other injuries. He contacted the RSPB’s Investigations unit for advice, and they arranged for the bird to be collected and x-rayed.

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Amazing how many newspapers get the wrong end of the stick!!

A recent picture of a dead lamb being carried by a White tailed Eagle has really got the press going but most of the lines of their stories seem to be lost in a Victorian storybook about monsters and evil when the truth out there is quite amazing.

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Nothing to Crow about!

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Gamekeepers, farmers and land owners have clubbed together in an attempt to try and remove Chris Packham from working for the BBC. Their big complaint is that Chris is involved with an organisation that has just stopped Natural England from using licenses to kill a large number of bird species including members of the crow family. ‘Crows kill Curlew’ is a common theme as the Curlew numbers crash but what has removed these Curlew?

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Grouse shooting on Denton moor in Yorkshire will end

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It was announced yesterday, 21 March, by the leading engineering firm that its grouse shooting arrangements on the Denton Park Estate, Wharfedale, would be brought to an end.

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Ten poisoned Ravens found on farmland on the Wales/Shropshire border

Press release from RSPB (19 February 2019)

West Mercia Police undertook an investigation after ten dead ravens, a dead crow and parts of a dead lamb were found close together on farmland near Vron Woods, Beguildy on the Wales/Shropshire border.

The birds were reported to the RSPB and collected by Natural England in April 2018, who sent the birds to be tested. Government toxicology tests on five of the ravens, the crow and the lamb confirmed the presence of Diazinon. This is a veterinary product, used legally for sheep dip, but which is known to have been used illegally to poison wildlife. It is believed the lamb carcass was deliberately laced with Diazinon for this purpose.

[Poisoned raven, photo by Ed Blane, Natural England]

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Why the Curlew is in decline on our uplands, and it has little if anything to do with predation by raptors.

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The Curlew a declining food source leading to their decline

Richard Benyon MP is a British Conservative Party politician. He was first elected as the MP for Newbury in 2005 and was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In a Westminster debate 31/10/2017 Richard Benyon’s passionate speech explained why he called for the debate on Curlew decline, and what needed to happen next.  Benyon said “We should stop funding curlew conservation projects that do not include effective predator control options. We have to do what works, not what is popular.”

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