North Yorkshire Police appeal for help from the Public to trace those responsible for the death an 8th Red Kite in the County in the last two months.
On the morning of Sunday 22nd May 2016 a walker on Hall Lane Blubberhouses found an injured red kite (RK Blubberhouses photo) the bird was clearly in distress and unable to fly. The walker rang Yorkshire Red Kites and Doug Simpson went out and recovered the injured bird and took it to specialist avian vet in Harrogate (x-ray photo) the examination revealed that the bird had been shot and had a shattered wing ( rk Blubberhouses wing photo). The injury was so severe that the bird had to be euthanized. The vet was of the opinion that it have been shot a few days previously.
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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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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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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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3 bearded vultures were released last Friday in the Parque Natural de las Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas, Spain by staff from the Junta de Andalucía and the Fundación Gypaetus, which manage the reintroduction project there.
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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.
Bernardus has some decoloured feathers on the left wing and in the tail, so it is easy to identify.
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Nestling Bearded Vulture being fitted with Satellite Tag in the Aude, in the French eastern pre-Pyrenees April 2016
For the first time ever a wild bearded vulture nestling was tagged last week in its nest in the Aude, in the French eastern pre-Pyrenees, as part of the LIFE GYPCONNECT project. The nestling hatched in the easternmost known Pyrenean nest, therefore the closest to the Massif Central, where a reintroduction project is being implemented by the VCF, LPO and other partners.
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