Gamekeepers hit out at RSPB for only protecting ‘iconic’ species

Gamekeepers have hit out at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for only protecting ‘photogenic’ species such as the golden eagle while neglecting other breeds. The latest statistics from the RSPB show an 18 per cent fall in the number of birds shot or poisoned.

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RSPB urges crackdown on poisons

The RSPB is calling for the possession of poisons used to illegally kill wildlife to be outlawed in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The charity says laws are already in place in Scotland but need to be tightened in the rest of the country.

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Red Kite and buzzard are poisoned in County Wicklow

AN INVESTIGATION is underway after a dead Red Kite was found to have been illegally poisoned in County Wicklow just north of Woodenbridge. The dead kite was handed in by a member of the public to the National Parks and Wildlife Service Headquarters at Wicklow Mountains National Park.

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A century of protection, and the POISONING goes on…

Exactly a century ago, the barbaric acts of putting baits laced with deadly poisons out into the countryside to kill wildlife was outlawed [note 1]. Yet despite this, a new report, published today (Thursday 3 November) by the RSPB, shows that this practice remains a major problem for the UK’s birds of prey. […]