Police in Scotland have now revealed they are hunting criminals who used a banned industrial grade poison to kill two peregrine falcons in May 2010. Both peregrines were found dead at a quarry in the West Lothian town of Kirknewton after being poisoned with the lethal pesticide aldicarb. Wildlife investigators believe the killings were [...]
In August last year Raptor Politics published a story relating to the deaths of ten Red Kites which had all been found poisoned on the Black Isle in Scotland. Each of the dead kites displayed typical symptoms of rodenticides poisoning (rat poison). The complete article can be found here
Figures for animal poisoning in Scotland for 2010 have just been published by the Scottish government, the information the report contains is shocking and once again there has been an increase in the number of investigated incidents. The 39 page report can be read here.
Growing numbers of the nobility are being tempted to build giant wind farms on their estates by the promise of tens of millions of pounds being offered green energy developers.
With our Prime Minister’s wife’s immediate family and the Deputy Prime Minister’s wife a director of a Spanish Wind Farm constructor, there are far too [...]
Earlier this week on his Blog Mark Avery was talking about a number of ideas which could possibly help resolve the conflict between Red Grouse and Hen harriers on Red Grouse moors. It is now very clear Natural England’s Hen Harrier Recovery initiative has been a complete failure, as there are less Hen Harriers on [...]
It appears when any damage is caused to an SSSi without the permission from Natural England, for example installing shooting tracks across prime heather habitat, it depends who you are if you are taken to court to account for your illegal actions and ordered to pay thousands of pounds for your transgressions. On the other [...]
Cormorants blamed for destroying Lake District fish stocks. Anglers fear an invasion of cormorants throughout Cumbria are eating too many fish from the Lake District. Could the reintroduction of the White-tailed eagle resolve the problem faced by anglers in Cumbria?Observations show a significant increase in the number of cormorants in Cumbria over the past three [...]
Sixteen White-tailed Eagles have taken their first flight in Scottish skies, as a successful reintroduction programme enters its penultimate year. The birds, released from a secret location in Fife, arrived from Norway in June as part of the East Scotland Sea Eagle project, a partnership between RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage [...]
With recent words of comfort from the Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries Mr Richard Benyon still fresh in our ears claiming “there are very good laws in place to punish the illegal killing of any animal. If they are not being effectively enforced, they must be and we will take steps to make [...]
It seems that the DEFRA Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries, Mr Richard Benyon MP believes England’s birds of prey are adequately protected by existing wildlife legislation and therefore the minister feels there is no requirement to make landowners responsible for the action of their gamekeepers by the introduction of vicarious liability legislation. [...]