Maltese Hunting community attacks right to freedom of speech on the island – Birdlife

BirdLife Malta yesterday (Saturday 22/02/2014), condemned what appears to be a campaign of bullying and harassment by the FKNK (hunting association) aimed at curtailing people’s right to freedom of speech and to pass opinion and comment in the media.

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The Moorland Association appoints Amanda Anderson as first ever Director.

The Moorland Association (MA), an acclaimed national organisation protecting over 850,000 acres of globally recognised heather moorland, has appointed its first ever Director. The MA has brought a woman to the helm for the first time in its 29-year history, to replace its founding secretary.

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Save Britain’s Barn Owls Petition reaches 107,000 signatures and still climbing.

Most people will of course be very excited and pleased this important petition has been supported by over 100,000 signatories, and is likely to reach 120,000. However, it begs the question why two other important petitions each calling for better protection for birds of prey on moorlands where red grouse are shot for sport, obtained […]

Red Kite shot in Yorkshire-detail sketchy

Once again another red kite has been reported shot in Yorkshire 4 months after the event, what good is that we would ask. It seems the kite had been shot by someone using a high powered rifle. Unfortunately, although the incident has been reported by Look North Yorkshire, information remains very sketchy.

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Ban the Burn: Public Protest outside Natural England’s HQ, Sheffield 21st February

Protesters armed with mops and buckets will visit the Head Office of Natural England in Sheffield on Friday to deliver a clear message……..DON’T FUND FLOODING. Millions of £ of public money are currently paid out as “stewardship” to grouse-moor owners who are burning on blanket bog. As well as being detrimental to a designated priority […]

RSPB recruit overnight “Protection Staff” to help guard hen harriers at 3 Northern England regions

Reference number: 7020214 Location: Northern England

RSPB’s Northern England region is recruiting for six seasonal flexible contract staff for overnight nest protection of hen harriers in Northern England. The posts will most likely be based in Northumberland, Cumbria (Geltsdale) or Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland, but with the flexibility to move elsewhere dependent on the […]

Raptor Politics praised by new web site.

A recently launched web site, Birders against wildlife crime have given a ‘thumbs up’ to the Raptor Politics web site as an inspiration to their new beginning. Charlie Moores said ‘Thanks very much for getting in touch – I’d be delighted to add a link (and once we get the BAWC website up and running […]

The country landowner is not some kind of wildlife serial killer.

Writing in today’s’ Scotsman (19/02/2014), Lord David Johnstone, Annandale Estates, Lockerbie makes a bold claim estate landowners are not all serial wildlife killers. Although we accept that a high number of estate landowners in Scotland may have no direct association with killing protected wildlife, a high proportion of estate gamekeepers are involved in the […]

A photographic encounter with a fishing osprey

We are most grateful to Marius Cepulis, a Lithuanian wildlife photographer who kindly agreed to share with us a small selection of his award winning Osprey images. I hope everyone will agree Marius’s images are truly stunning. We hope that in the future Marius will share more of his adventures illustrated by his remarkable images […]

Gamekeeper convicted for setting pole trap to catch squirrels, not birds of prey!

A North Yorkshire gamekeeper has pleaded guilty to setting an illegal pole-trap, contrary to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, following evidence obtained by the League Against Cruel Sports and RSPB. Yet again our courts have handed down what can only be described as a paltry sentence sending out entirely the wrong message to other […]