Report on poisoned birds of prey ‘depressing’, RSPB says

Four red kites were among birds of prey poisoned last year

RSPB Scotland has renewed its call for landowners and their staff in some parts of Scotland to do more to protect raptors from being killed illegally.


Second Hen Harrier reported shot – this time in Ireland.

Hot on the heals of the Hen Harrier we reported shot in Aberdeenshire, the Kerry Birding blog is now reporting the shooting of a second Harrier which a spokesperson is saying had been shot at a winter roost. At this time there are no additional details concerning this case. We do not know if the […]

Protected birds of prey still being trapped and poisoned illegally throughout Scotland, charity claims.

Some of the country’s rarest birds of prey are continuing to be poisoned, trapped and killed illegally, according to an animal welfare charity.

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Hen Harrier found shot to death on the Fettercairn estate in Aberdeenshire.

Grampian police are appealing for witnesses following the “deplorable” shooting of yet another hen harrier found dead dead last month in Aberdeenshire.


Toxicology results published – Blae one of two langholm Hen Harriers died of natural causes.

Regular followers of Raptor Politics will recall in early September we reported that Blae, one of this years two satellite tagged Langholm hen harrier chicks had been recovered dead at Tweeddale. The full account can be read here. At first conservation workers suspected foul play had been the cause of Blae’s misfortune. However the results […]

Marsh Harrier found poisoned in North Lincolnshire

An investigation has been launched after one of Britain’s rarest birds of prey, a Marsh Harrier, was found dead on the banks of the River Humber in North Lincolnshire.

The dead Marsh Harrier, found near Goxhill, had been poisoned and was discovered dead on top of a large bush. Humberside Police, the RSPB and Natural […]


[singlepic id=291 w=118 h=118 float=center] RSPB Media Release Friday 23 November, 2012

The failure of European leaders in Brussels to finalise the European budget means that the threat of massive funding cuts to our countryside and wildlife still loom large, says the RSPB.

Martin Harper is the RSPB’s Conservation Director Commenting on the EU Budget […]

Bird of prey slaughter in Lebanon – Please sign the petition.

Raptor Politics is very pleased to be presented with an opportunity to promote the on-going international campaign to bring to the attention of the Lebanese government the criminal massacre of tens of thousands of migrating birds, including many thousands of rare raptors, as they fly across the Lebanon each spring and autumn on […]

PETITION: ENFORCE Hunting Laws in Lebanon …STOP the Massacre of our migrating birds!!

To: A Universal Call To the President of the Lebanese Republic, The Prime Minister and the Head of the Parliament A Universal Call to the President of the Lebanese Republic, the Prime Minister and the Head of the Parliament, we the Lebanese Citizens, the Lebanese Diaspora, all Friends of Humans, Nature, Environment and Lebanon […]

Saving our Moorland Birds by Martin Garner.

This is your opportunity to influence The National Trust’s High Peak Moors Vision and Plan Project.

Local to us in Sheffield and highly vulnerable to mis-management of the countryside (e.g. see here), much of the Moorland is owned by the National Trust. Ordinary people can make a difference. This is a public consultation. […]