Kielder Osprey recorded on migration in Senegal

An osprey which fledged from a nest in Kielder Forest, Northumberland, in 2012 has been recorded flying in the clear blue skies of Senegal, West Africa. It’s the first time that a Kielder bird has ever been seen at a migration destination.

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Worrying statistics show UK decline in numbers of hen harriers

Intensely managed grouse moorland and changes in habitat are part of the blame for the declining numbers in hen harriers an enquiry into the results of the 2010 survey has found. The survey found that despite steadily improving for decades the UK and Isle of Man population of hen harriers has declined by nearly a […]

Thirty-seven white-backed vultures have died in a mass poisoning incident at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.

At about 10:15 on 21 November 2013, whilst on routine patrol in the Masinda Section of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, South Africa, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife field rangers came across the carcasses of 37 white-backed vultures. All the dead birds were found in the immediate vicinity of a carcass of an elephant that died a month previously.

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US firm Duke Energy pays out over wind farm eagle deaths

A huge American energy supplier has agreed to pay out $1m (£620,000) over the deaths of golden eagles at two of it’s wind farms. Duke Energy Renewables agreed to the sum after pleading guilty to charges over the deaths of 14 eagles in the past three years at the Wyoming sites.

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Lord Peel appealing about Yorkshire’s biggest day

Today the 22nd November, Lord Peel is having a meeting with Yorkshire Tourism, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Highways and more. His Lordship it appears is concerned wildlife may be disturbed/damaged by the tens of thousands of spectators as they watch the 2014 Tour de France as cyclist pass moorland he owns in scenic Swaledale north […]

Disgruntled frozen food magnate sues grouse moor owners after leasing sparsely populated grouse shoot.

The 11,000 acres of heather clad grouse moor rising above the banks of the river Spey had long formed part of one of Scotland’s ancient sporting estates and the backyard of an aristocratic family which can trace its noble lineage back to the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie. But now after the new sporting […]

Could we one day see pine martens returned to the woods of southern England?

With its sinuous, long-tailed elegance, Martes martes is ravishingly attractive The radical idea that we should bring back to Britain the large carnivores we long ago wiped out – lynx, wolf, even brown bear – is increasingly being discussed as part of the topic of “rewilding” the impoverished natural world of our country; and […]

RSPB launch on-line petition to gain support for naming the golden eagle as Scotland’s national bird.

The golden eagle has been recently voted as Scotland’s favourite animal, the RSPB are now hoping that Scottish Ministers will formally nominate the species as a national symbol promoting their commitment to protecting the golden eagle from the on-going persecution which many believe is increasing throughout the Highlands.

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Solar panels placed along ‘Pacific Flyway’ major migration paths are burning wings of birds

Animal rights campaigners in the US are calling for research into how many birds die as a result of solar energy, following claims that solar panels built across major migration paths are burning birds to death. Many of California’s major solar plants are located across the four major north to south trajectories for migrant birds, […]

The RSPB’s November 2013 Legal Eagle Newsletter

Once again the RSPB’s Legal Eagle newsletter reveals sobering details of crimes directed against wildlife and habitats. In this issue read about the first Scottish conviction under the habitats regulations. A prison sentence for a clam and coral smuggler. A Raptor centre owner sentenced to 40 weeks’ imprisonment. The millionair Edinburgh Woollen Mill owner fined […]