No threat to birds in Cumbria – rustling and poaching given a priority!!

According to the county’s wildlife rural and environmental crime officer there is no mention of any problems with Cumbria’s birds. In fact according to the Cumbrian police rustling and poaching are the priorities to watch out for. This of course brings the police into direct contact with the shooting estate owners and keepers on a […]

Malta relaxes hunting laws despite protests placing even more birds at risk from being shot

Following electoral pledges designed to woo hunters’ votes the new Maltese government has further relaxed the hunting legislation in a country sadly famed for its rampant illegal killing of birds.

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Call for ban of bird hunting and trapping in Malta

1970 Signatures Target: The Office of the Prime Minister – Malta Region: Malta Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Total-Ban-of-Bird-H… Sign the petition Sponsor […]

Lead bullet fragments poison endangered US Condors

Conservationists in the United States say that fragments of lead ammunition continue to take a desperate toll on the Condor, one of the country’s rarest birds. Since December 2012, seven wild California condors from a population of just 80 have died in the Grand Canyon area. Experts are saying three of the deaths have been […]

Malta – Juvenile Palid Harrier found with shotgun wounds in Gozo

 

BirdLife Malta has said that today it recovered a juvenile male Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus), “one of Europe’s most threatened birds of prey, which was found with shotgun wounds by a member of the public in Gozo yesterday

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Scotland see the first Osprey Eggs of the season despite poor weather

The first osprey egg to be laid in Scotland this year has been spotted in a nest in the Borders. Tweed Valley Osprey Project information officer Diane Bennett said the birds of prey returned from their winter sojourn just over a fortnight ago on April 3.

The egg was spotted in a nest by a […]

Malta – Hunters and Protection groups come face to face in Mexican stand-off as rare birds are shot.

Protected birds have already fallen victim to illegal hunting and trapping in the first days of the spring hunting season, with reports of electronic quail lures, shots at birds of prey, use of cage traps and use of repeater shotguns, BirdLife Malta said today.

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Pigeon Fancier from Sunderland fined for storing and using Carbofran

A 49-year-old pigeon fancier from Sunderland has pleaded guilty to three charges of illegally using and storing a banned pesticide, at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday 12 April. Paul Unsworth (12/03/64) of Newbold Avenue was fined £200 for each of the three charges, to run concurrently.

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BirdLife Malta fears Hunting ‘free for all’

Birdlife Malta has expressed fears of a “free-for-all” upon learning spring hunting licence applications rose by a third after the removal of a special registration fee this year. […]

Three White-tailed Eagles found poisoned in Hungary

Three white-tailed eagle have been found poisoned in the Balaton Uplands National Park in Hungary: one of the eagles was already dead, the remaining two birds have been transferred to an animal hospital for treatment. No additional information is known at this time.

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