Southern Lake District – Foulshaw Moss Osprey Chicks fledged yesterday 25/07/2014

Well it had to happen. The only images coming back from Foulshaw Moss osprey cam now are that of an empty nest. Yes all our chicks had successfully fledged by mid-day on 24th July. Two chicks went first and it took the last of our three chicks a further day before the courage arrived to make that first take-off. All five osprey are now roostng on site and can be seen flying to and from their feeding forays. Lets hope the new additions to the sky get the hang of feeding for themselves quickly. We expect the female to now think of making the long trip to western Africa. She will eventually be followed by the male and then all three chicks. And so ends a wonderful wildlife conservation story until next year …

Well done to everyone involved in this historic event, especially the Cumbrian Wildlife Trust

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Malta: Charging activists is a ‘birdbrained’ idea

Birdlife members have often brought the plight of injured and killed protected birds to public attention. Photo:?Chris Sant Fournier

Birdlife members have often brought the plight of injured and killed protected birds to public attention. Photo:?Chris Sant Fournier

The 2012 photo that ‘incriminated’ the NGO’s volunteers.
The 2012 photo that ‘incriminated’ the NGO’s volunteers.

“Legally correct but illogical” is how lawyers described a magistrate’s decision to order the police to charge six Birdlife activists with illegal possession of dead protected birds.

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Birdlife Malta receives award ‘for commitment to abolish spring hunting’

 

BirdLife Malta has received an award from the League Against Cruel Sports, “for its exceptional work and commitment to abolishing spring hunting on the Maltese islands”.

The award follows the League’s trip to the island in April to support Birdlife’s campaign to end the annual, three week spring hunt of migratory birds.

During the visit, a team from the League  worked with Birdlife and other organisations to monitor the spring hunting activity.

The award for Partner Organisation of the Year, was presented to Nicholas Barbara, Birdlife’s conservation manager during the League’s annual general meeting in London.

Red Grouse sales by Marks & Spencer shot to pieces after wide public outcry

marks and spencerIt just goes to show how public pressure can lead to minor miracles. Mark Avery this morning has announced on his blog ‘Standing up for Nature’, that  Marks & Spencer has taken notice of consumer pressure abandoning plans to sell red grouse in its stores this year. This result was undoubtedly achieved  after the consumer  threatened the company with a boycott by conservationists who were rightly concerned that gamekeepers are persecuting birds of prey on grouse moors to propagate more grouse.

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Iconic Red Grouse, no longer on the menu at M&S following public outcry

Red Grouse it seemed proved highly popular with some M&S customers when it became the first supermarket chain to sell it last year. It was available in two London stores, High Street Kensington and Marble Arch, and M&S had hoped to sell grouse much more widely after the start of the grouse-shooting season next month, on the Glorious Twelfth.

This decision by Marks & Spencer provides more impetus for the growing  public pressure against the illegal killing of protected birds of prey on red grouse moors which could bring about an end once and for all to an industry driven by illegal practice.  Yes, this result indicates we may be closer to the  tipping point than anyone ever thought possible.

Driven Red Grouse Shooting: The ‘tipping point’ by Steve Mills

Is the clock ticking for grouse shooting? Or at least for ‘driven grouse shooting’, the more intensive form where the need for large numbers of grouse to be available for shooting creates ‘Dalek-like gamekeepers’ with a one-word vocabulary, ‘Exterminate! Exterminate!’ And that’s exactly what happens. Anything that might remotely eat a grouse chick is ruthlessly destroyed, particularly birds of prey. And, what’s more, just to be on the safe side, even creatures that don’t eat grouse – hares for instance – are often also exterminated. Why? Because they just might spread ticks to grouse and attract predators that could then help themselves to a grouse dinner. Hares, for God’s sake!

Hen Harrier Peaceful Day of Protest, in the heart of England, Dunsop Bridge 10 August

image001A PEACEFUL day of protest is set to be held in the Ribble Valley to highlight the ‘plight’ of the Hen Harrier. Hundreds of people are expected to attend the event in Dunsop Bridge, organised by the North West Raptor Protection Group. The protest on the village green has been planned to coincide with National Hen Harrier Peaceful Protest Day.

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The appalling truth: Eagle mortalities brought about by corruption within America’s Wind Farm industry.

Raptor Politics received the following information detailing the corruption of an industry which is hiding most mortality levels of both Golden and Bald-headed Eagles killed by turbines throughout America. Can this happen in Britain, the answer is yes. Read the full articles you will be shocked at what you are being told.

The Voice of Dead Eagles at Shiloh IV (Part III)

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As former agents Sam Jojola and Lucinda Schroder previously pointed out, the FWS eagle killing permit process is not enforceable and does not work.

How could it?  With only voluntary regulations, no accountability, and the industry hiding most of their mortality with rigged studies, these permits are nothing more than a rubber stamp from the Interior Department.

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Malta: Police ordered to investigate BirdLife over possession of protected birds

A magistrate has ordered the Police Commissioner to follow up a hunters’ federation FKNK’s report that Birdlife Malta was involved in the illegal possession of the dead and injured protected birds that it had recovered and being cared for after being shot.

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Politics rather than common sense rules in Malta, hunters kill protected birds, no issue, BirdLife members protect and care but are then investigated-for what, doing the right thing?

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Dyfi Osprey Web Can, Chicks ready to fledge, not to be missed.

Dyfi Ospreys – Live Streaming, Very Noisy birds at the moment

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Click here to view all the action, or lack off it as the two chicks sleep.

Breeding sea eagles become Fife tourist attraction

The  first pair of sea eagles to breed in the east of Scotland for almost 200 years have become a tourist attraction.

WTE rung Poznan captured in 2008

Sea Eagle Reintroduction now bringing tourists into Eastern Scotland to admire these wonderful birds.

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