Another red kite has now been confirmed poisoned in Scotland, this time in Strathtay, near Aberfeldy, Perthshire. Although the bird was found dead towards the letter end of July, toxicology results undertaken by SASA have only recently confirmed poisoning to have been the cause. Tayside police are now appealing for any information to bring [...]
Raptor Politics have recently learned that the RSPB have decided to widen the hen harrier debate by launching a public consultation initiative throughout Northern England. The aims of this important project are to try and promote public awareness and a better understanding of people’s attitudes towards hen harriers in the community and devise new [...]
Forest of Bowland, including West Lancashire
The 2010 season has been one of the most unusual, not least because Natural England found itself in the invidious position of having to respond to complaints made to its licensing office about the activities of the Lancashire Police Wildlife Crime Officer (WLCO) Pc Duncan Thomas, on whom [...]
Nineteen white-tailed sea eagles, gifted to Scotland as part of a reintroduction programme, have been released into the wild from a secret location in Fife. The birds arrived from Norway in June for the fourth year of the East Scotland Sea Eagle reintroduction project, a partnership scheme between RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and [...]
Judge Christopher Hodson today at Warwick Crown Court sentenced Mr. Jeffrey Lendrum to 30 months in prison. Lendrum, 48, from York Close, Towcester, Northamptonshire, was found in possession of 14 peregrine falcon eggs wrapped in socks and strapped to his body when he was detained on 3 May at Birmingham International Airport . The [...]
Everyone should take the time to read what, according to the Guardian Friday 13th, the Conservative/Liberal partnership have in store for our environment and Wildlife Heritage. The sell-off plan highlight the extreme lengths being considered to meet the government’s demands to slash environmental spending. According to John Vidal, Severin Carroll and Juliette Jowit the authors of the article ” it [...]
The government-funded organisation Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) has just published its latest report on the illegal poisoning of wildlife, including raptors, in Scotland during 2009.
Well – not your opinion specifically – DEFRA have released tailored videos to the RSPB, WWF, National Trust, NFU, Wildlife Trusts and others, but there’s no reason why we shouldn’t get in on the act …
Before reading this article Raptor Politics consider it appropriate to issue the following important statement: The inappropriate use of rodenticides (containing anticoagulants) are the greatest potential threat to raptor species in the UK at the present time. A Species at particular risk, as highlighted below by recent events in Scotland, is the Red Kite [...]
A pair of red kites who became well-known to tourists and animal lovers have been found dead.
Numerous visitors travelled to the kites’ nesting site near Whittonstall, Northumberland, last year, where they were clearly visible at long-range for several months.