Oh where, Oh where we might ask have all our Hen Harriers Gone?

Following several attempts by MSPs in the Scottish Parliament the question still pops up about where have all our Hen Harriers disappeared to. Both radio tagging and wing tagging have been found not to help resolve this problem as too many birds disappear not to be seen again off the radar. Recent hunts for missing […]

RSPB Press Release – Harrier ‘Four Steps’ from extinction

[singlepic id=291 w=118 h=118 float= left]The hen harrier is the bird most likely to become extinct in England because of human pressure, says the RSPB. A 2011 joint survey of the English uplands by the RSPB and Natural England found that only four nesting pairs of hen harrier successfully raised young; all on a single […]

Cumbrian Man admits firearms and pesticides offences to appear at Preston Crown Court for sentencing 6 January 2012

Allan Armistead aged, 74, appeared at Furness Magistrates’ Court today charged with a string of offences concerning the illegal storing of pesticides, firearms and ammunition.

Armistead pleaded guilty to seven counts of illegally storing a pesticide, which included Strychnine, Cymag, Phosdrin and Rentokil Phostoxin, without approval under regulation five of the Control of Pesticide Regulations […]

Scottish Pigeon Fancier admits shooting dead Holyrood falcon

A pensioner shot dead one of the Scottish Parliament’s highly trained fleet of guard falcons because it was “going for his pigeons”. Andrew Hutchison, 67, then drove off in his car with the body of the falcon after its handlers traced a signal from a satellite tagging device back to his garden.

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RSPB support to the E-Petition – Vicarious Liability, SIGN UP TODAY

Bird of prey persecution – make your voice heard. Crimes directed against birds of prey are widespread across the UK.

The RSPB support the E-petition calling for the law of Vicarious Liability to be introduced in England

The RSPB believes that vicarious liability is required to make the managers and employers of those committing bird […]

Maltese Customs officials confiscate dead protected birds including raptors killed in the UK

On 28 November three Maltese nationals were apprehended by customs at Malta International Airport in possession of dead protected birds. The three individuals were each returning home to Malta after visiting the UK where they had been on a hunting trip.

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E-petition reaches the 3000 mark in just two weeks

Very good news today with the number of signatures reaching 3050 in just two weeks. We now need to up the ante by reaching many many more supporters towards the 100,000 signatures required. Today Mark Avery once again added a further request on his Blog asking everyone with an interest in protecting England’s birds of […]

Chancellor attacks nature – step up to save it today!

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Its official, the environment is a barrier to economic growth and jobs. Well it is if you listen to George Osborne who presented possibly the most environmentally hostile economic statement for a generation on Tuesday. His opinion contradicts that of his colleague Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary, […]

A Scottish Gamekeeper poisoned 4 Buzzards on a South Lanarkshire farm

David Whitfield, who has a previous conviction for failing to free a buzzard he trapped in a crow trap, admitted poisoning all four buzzards with chloralose baits.

The 45-year-old sprinkled the poison around Coulter Allers Farm in Biggar, where he was employed as the sole gamekeeper for pheasant and partridge shooting, showed officers the carcasses […]