African vultures are nearing extinction due to elephant ivory poachers

African vultures,the silent victims of wildlife poaching, are now nearing extinction in some regions, according to new research by members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) vulture specialist groups. Seven African species have declined at a rate of 80% or more over three generations—a result of poachers poisoning the carcasses of poached […]

RSPB solves the migration mystery of UK’s fastest declining migrant bird

RSPB Media release

In a UK science first the RSPB reveal UK breeding turtle dove migration route

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The migration route of a UK breeding turtle dove has, for the first time, been revealed by the RSPB today [Wednesday 24 June 2015] – providing valuable data […]

Disaster stalks the Forest of Bowland. Is this the beginning of the end for this regions ‘protected’ raptors?

This season has witnessed catastrophic bad new for rare breeding birds of prey on moorland in the Forest of Bowland, an area once regarded as a jewel in the crown for Hen Harriers and Peregrine falcons in Lancashire. Last September we learned about the curious disappearance of ‘Skye’ and ‘Hope’, the two Hen Harrier chicks […]

The Home-Life of a Golden Eagle, a nostalgic look back in time at the King of Scottish Raptors

Between the years 1906 and 1910, pioneering photographer Harry Macpherson laboured long and hard amongst the Scottish Grampian highlands to create the first photographic record of breeding Golden Eagles in Scotland. Now Terry Pickford recounts the exploits of this unsung Highland warrior from a past era.

“In a wild deer-forest in the heart […]

The problem of poisoning in the Balkans and its impact on vulture conservation debated at a workshop

The image above courtesy of the Vulture Conservation Foundation

The Vulture Conservation Foundation has recently participated in a two-day workshop organized in Papingo – northern Greece, that aimed to discuss the existing know-how on the matter of illegal use of poison baits, focussed on the conservation of the last pairs of Egyptian […]

Rip off Britain, as the Establishment rules our land.

Many shooting estates have generations of passed down succession of ownership. Some are the so called ‘wise boys’ coming out of the city making their millions with other people’s money, and now the new generation of absentee landowners who don’t pay tax. These people are only allowed to stay in Britain for up to […]

Birdlife Malta claims in review of illegal hunting ‘grossly inflated’ says hunters

Birdlife’s statement that 301,600 birds were killed illegally in Malta each year was “grossly inflated” and “fabricated”, the hunters’ federation said. It said this statement was made in a BirdLife Malta review of illegal hunting. The report was drawn up by Matteo Lattuada and Juan Mula Laguna who used only Birdlife Malta data, even though […]

Shropshire gamekeeper used live quails in bird trap, court told.

[airesizeimg src=”http://raptorpolitics.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/12865934-web.jpg” alt=”12865934-web” class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-17664″ ] Neil Gordon Wainwright Neil Gordon Wainwright a gamekeeper used a metal Larsen trap designed to catch magpies, crows and jays he had baited with two live white quail to catch birds of prey at Birch Hill Wood in Gatten, near the Stiperstones, Shrewsbury, Magistrates Court were told […]

The Hen Harrier: Talking a load of old Waddell

Despite a great deal of hard work and effort to conserve and protect our native English hen harriers, involving many years of fruitless discussion with the shooting community to reach a consensus, we are are losing the battle but the political war will continue let there be no mistake. Bring on Mark Avery’s next e-petition. […]

20 environmental organisations call for the beaver to come home in Scotland

[airesizeimg src=”http://raptorpolitics.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/beavers.jpg” alt=”beavers” class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-15946″ ] The group, which represents over a quarter of a million members, see beavers as a missing element in Scottish biodiversity, believing it is both ecologically and morally right to restore this keystone species. The group claims that the majority of Scotland’s people are ready and willing to […]