A harrier hawk used to scare pigeons away at Wimbledon’s tennis championships has been stolen. Police said the bird, named Rufus, was stolen with his cage overnight on Thursday. The hawk had been had been left inside a car parked on a private drive in Dunstall Road, Wimbledon, with the rear window open for ventilation. [...]
Earlier this year one of our regular followers submitted the following question to Natural England regarding the future of the hen harrier in England:
The question was:
What future has the hen harrier in England? As it is now extinct as a breeding bird what does Natural England propose to do or does a review [...]
Footage showing an osprey chick being snatched from its nest in Aberdeenshire by a buzzard has been captured.
The buzzard is seen swooping down after the mother left the nest at Lochter, then stealing one of the two chicks.
It was filmed by local businessman Euan Webster, who described it as “a shocking act” [...]
A post-mortem conducted by the Scottish Government laboratory of Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture showed that the eagle had been poisoned with banned pesticides.
The case began when Tayside Police responded to a report from a hill-walker that three crow traps had been found on the Glen Lyon Estate in Perthshire, containing a dead buzzard, a dead sparrowhawk and two chaffinches respectively.
Network Rail, which manages an estimated 20,000 miles of railway line, has come into conflict with the RSPB, local residents and even British Transport Police over the destruction of trackside vegetation which provides a home for an estimated 1.5 million birds’ nests. Although the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act protects all wild birds and [...]
Raptor politics are running out of stories due to the fact that most Red Grouse moors have removed so much ‘vermin- birds of prey’ that they have nothing left to kill!
And we thought we had heard it all when the Under Secretary for State in England Richard Benyon proposed controlling buzzards. The fact that control of sea eagles is even being discussed will appaul a huge number of people, not only throughout the UK but across the world, what on earth are we thinking [...]
Ornithologists in Wales have expressed shock at the findings of a range of independent surveys carried out across Wales in the last two years that reveal massive declines in the numbers of many of our upland birds. Species in serious decline include many of the iconic species that define our uplands, including Curlew, Golden Plover, [...]
RSPB Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have withdrawn objections to plans for a major wind farm on the Western Isles. It follows the developers’ decision to reduce the number of turbines for the Stornoway Wind Farm from 42 to 36.
Lewis Wind Power, a joint venture involving Amec, EDF Energy and the Stornoway Trust, [...]